Saigon is a city with an identity crisis. On the one hand it’s the largest, most modern city in Vietnam, a poster boy for the modern communist state and the face of the country to the world, whilst on the other it’s the historical capital, stuffed with grand French architecture and a rich, varied and fairly … Continue reading Saigon
I came back to Thailand to satisfy my desire to pick food out of my food.
The Mekong delta, named after the American airline that sponsored the regeneration of the area after the war, is the largest tidal delta in Southern Vietnam.
When you first step inside the Reunification Palace – wait, that’s not quite right. It’s one of those buildings that doesn’t have a front door – it’s a straight from the street to the inside kind of place. Technically, you can get straight to the roof without actually going through a door. It doesn’t have … Continue reading Reunification Palace, Saigon
Well, the water starts at the top and ends up at the bottom The mechanics of this waterfall are fairly simple. Like all the others, the water is subject to gravity so it falls down the rocks and ends up in a pool at the bottom. This seems to surprise many people so it’s quite … Continue reading Thac Bac Waterfalls, Sapa
She glanced my way, reaching to the little table by the window and taking the last bottle of water. We both knew it was mine. She tore off the plastic seal, twisted the cap and drank with long, deep gulps. Thus ended a minor series of squabbles that had consumed our entire journey. I’d arrived at Hanoi Station … Continue reading A Day in Hanoi
I felt sad to leave Sapa. It’s always a shame leaving new friends and a place you’ve fallen in love with, but I’d been there for 11 days and nobody wants to be the hostel granddad. It’s the faces that make a place. Ally and Justin at the hostel, the woman who cheerfully sold me … Continue reading Sapa, Vietnam
STOP RIGHT NOW AND LISTEN TO ME It’s 2015: we put a robot with lasers for eyes on Mars. There’s a black man in the White house. People are still watching Seinfeld reruns. And the perfect hostel has been invented. If God made hostels (and in a sense he did, right?) he’d see the Mountain View hostel … Continue reading Mountain View, Sapa, Vietnam
The Atlantic weighed in on the new French solution to the apparent food crisis, and they nailed it. Before we get started though, let’s all take a moment to recognise how ridiculous the French situation is – forcing supermarkets to “donate” wasted food to farmers for agricultural use. Is there any reason French farmers need greater … Continue reading Feed The Poor
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