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
You know sometimes there’s a thing on fire in the street and it doesn’t phase you because the part of your mind that used to say “hey, isn’t it weird that cargo goes on boats and shipments go on roads?” no longer exists? If you live in Asia for more than a day and a half this either … Continue reading What is your favourite place in the world and why is it Hong Kong?
London is a place apart: everything changes and nothing does. It’s strange going back to a place you once loved and still do, but don’t really know any more. It’s like stepping into a river: it’s both the same and not the same. It’s bittersweet, really: although I lived around London for five years, was … Continue reading London
When I was fifteen I went to the assembly rooms in Lancaster and spent fifty quid on a long black leather coat. I wore it everywhere – to university at Manchester and for five years working in London. I loved that coat, it was real vintage. The label inside the collar said, in small type: … Continue reading Expat.
In the good old days, museums and galleries used to be portico-fronted, with large Doric columns and a grand staircase. The point was that you ascend to beauty and truth: it takes a little hard work. People fought and died, or dreamed great dreams of beauty and truth; you can’t just stroll in. Gradually, over … Continue reading Angkor National Museum