Day 252: Windshield

Day 252 Scooters are the lifeblood of Vietnam, here a passenger grips a plate-glass window while riding through downtown Saigon. What amazed me most about watching this dangerous stunt was that is was the second time that day I’d witnessed a large piece of glass being transported on a scooter.

Day 248: Coffee to Go

A portable coffee vendor in Ho Chi Minh City

A portable coffee vendor in Ho Chi Minh City

The small, gasoline powered scooter is the heartbeat of Ho Chi Minh City, pulsing down the streets by the millions, surging, slowing, swerving and stopping. Everyone it seems has a scooter and they use them for everything: to transport families of five, to nap upon, to lounge on with a newspaper and a smoke, to transport large loads and newborn babies. And to earn a living.

Day Thirty-Six: Monkeys in the Mist

Fishing boat sets out early on a misty morning

Fishing boat sets out early on a misty morning

Our second day on HaLong Bay dawned with delicious, Thai coffee and a 6 AM Tai Chi class on the top deck followed by an excursion to view monkeys in Hang Luon, a cove reached by rowing through a cave formation during low tide, returning to the ship for breakfast and then the cruise back to port. With sunshine and warm temperatures on the first day, the second day’s morning overcast and cooler temperatures provided an alternative, yet just a beautiful, view of HaLong Bay.

Day Thirty-four: Hanoi

Our first night in Hanoi, Vietnam. After stepping off a curb into a hole and spraining my ankle we walked--limped-- back to our hotel, never lost, but possibly bewildered, for the better part of an hour. One advantage of our mis-adventure was taking a wrong turn and stumbling--pun intended-- upon a couple of casket shops.

Our first night in Hanoi, Vietnam. After stepping off a curb into a hole and spraining my ankle we walked–limped– back to our hotel, never lost, but possibly bewildered, for the better part of an hour. One advantage of our mis-adventure was taking a wrong turn and stumbling–pun intended– upon a couple of casket shops.