Je descends du car. Je vais au bastingage. Je regarde le fleuve. Ma mère me dit quelquefois que jamais, de ma vie entière, je ne reverrai des fleuves aussi beaux que ceux-là, aussi grands, aussi sauvages, le Mékong et ses bras qui descendent vers les océans, ces territoires d’eau qui vont aller disparaître dans les … More Mekong Delta
Just to give you an idea of what traffic is like here. Taken on a Sunday evening on a fairly large but not a main avenue (Phan Đăng Lưu near Phú Nhuận Intersection). We were standing on a sidewalk in this video.
You must have noticed that we are not posting daily trip updates anymore. Like Brandon said in the previous post, things have slowed down for us, we’re not out running around all day, everyday. Here’s what we’ve been up to: My cousin Bê and I went on errands to take care of wedding stuff. These … More Taste of Vietnam
Now this feels like Southeast Asia … Motorbikes with babies pressed between a dad up front and a mom who’s riding sidesaddle on the back with a flip-flopped foot resting tenuously on the tailpipe … Taximen and cyclists dodging fearless pedestrians, all flowing forward en masse with few traffic lights at the intersections and no traffic laws … More Sài Gòn: Shinjuku on Motorbikes
Simply put, Tokyo is excellent. If we had a ton of money, we’d love to live there. It’s full of exciting sights, and there are tons of fun things to do. It’s exceptionally clean, orderly, and convenient for a city of its size. It offers everything from the urban madness of Shinjuku to the calm … More Our Thoughts on Tokyo…
We wish we had more time (and money) to shop and eat everything seen here.
And of course, some Japanese rated-R magazines:
We are going to do a series of posts that will feature a lot pictures that did not make the daily trip reports. Enjoy these random signs that we saw on the way. And, finally…
Our last day in Tokyo was sadly uneventful. We spontaneously awoke at 6:30—perhaps because we were both nervous about getting everything in order for the next leg of the trip. (I am writing this on the Keisei train to Narita Airport, actually.) After cleaning up, we dragged our luggage downstairs to store at the front … More Day 6–さよなら東京 (Sayonara Tokyo!)
After the Kyoto train ticket sticker shock moment, we stopped at a Café Beck in the train station to regroup. Consulting the guide book, we boiled our options down to two choices: Nikko, a place where we could hike around visiting temples and shrines, or Hakone, a mountainous area with hot springs situated between Tokyo … More Day 4.5 & 5 – Sulfurous Volcano Baths, Black Eggs, and Japanese Pirates, Oh My!