I travel. I run. Sometimes the two coincide. Here’s my report from the Vietnam Mountain Marathon… VMM
Puns are great. I love puns. They do rely on people understanding how to say the word in the first place though. For ages I pronounced Hue (the town in Vietnam where I sit writing this) to rhyme with Too or Sue. I even thought it might rhyme with Cue or Phew but it turns … More Hue to go…
Just coming out of the rainy season you still get the occasional downpour or entire wet day here in Hanoi. The day I visited the Ho Chi Minh Mauseleum (which was unfortunately closed for the month) and the one pillar pagoda it rained the entire time. This is Asian rain by the way. It’s heavy … More It’s raining old ladies… Hallelujah!
Hoa Lo Prison was built by French colonialists in 1896 to hold thousands of Vietnamese revolutionary fighters. From 1954 it was used by the Vietnamese government for holding criminals, and during the Vietnam war it earned it’s nickname of the “Hanoi Hilton” when it was used for captured American pilots. It was closed in 1993 … More The Hanoi Hilton
I’d heard stories about Hanoi – how it was chaos theory made real, 4 million motorbikes all going in slightly different directions at once but somehow avoiding one another, and all the other vehicles. Sometimes they would even avoid the pedestrians I was told. When I arrived it all appeared to be true. The only … More Hanoi-ing parking habits of South East Asia
Between 1964 and 1973 the US army dropped over two million tons of ordnance on Laos, making it the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. Of the more than 270 million sub-munitions, 80 million failed to explode. The nightmare continues to this day: one person is killed or injured almost everyday by unexploded … More COPE
Near Luang Prabang in Laos there is a roadside craft centre which helps local women learn weaving and other skills, and employs them in making clothes, wall hangings, bedding, and assorted textile products. The women then take a cut of the profits from the items they sell and this venture has grown to include a … More A lovely cup of…