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Vietnam – great journey – great beginning

Friday, January 18th, 2008

I am sure most of you know it by now: Sylvia and I are getting married in June this year.
We met in January 2005 and – both being lovers of South Eastern culture – we soon made the decision to explore one of South East Asia’s countries. We chose Vietnam for our destination and embarked on a three week journey from North to South, starting in authentic Ha Noi and finishing in modern Sai Gon. We backpacked, saved money on accomodation, sleeping in adventurous ‘hotels’, encountering rats in and out of houses, got a taste of communist mentality when we tried to fly out of rainy Nah Trang, sipped cocktails in Sai Gon and slept in Graham Greene’s favourite hotel. As a whole, it was a great journey, one which we will remember forever for its unique experiences, the beauty of the country and as a first test for our relationship. After all, our time in Vietnam was proof for us that as a couple we could have a wonderful life and would be able to tackle its challenges. It was a great journey and a great beginning for our relationship.
I have put a gallery online with some shots from our trip. Click here to view it…

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Vietnam

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

viet15_halong_peoplephoto.jpg Looking back at our trip to Vietnam in December 2005, browsing through the photos, I realise that our journey through this diverse, history-packed and sturdy country encapsulated some exceptionally beautiful moments.
For me, Sylvia managed to capture in her photos the very essence of this country, and I have added her best shots here. Especially, the motives from Ha Long bay are striking, almost bizarre, like paintings. viet17_halong_manwatching.jpgOn the whole, the colours are thick and rich with an earthy quality as much as are the people – deeply rooted and connected to their land.
If we call Vietnam a basic country, we do so only with regards to our western standards of technology. On closer observation, Vietnam turns out to be a complex and complicated land and society, enmeshed in situations of conflict and struggling to compromise their culture with religious demands and economic growth.
Still they manage to retain an attitude of humanity, which our western societies are more and more alienated from. This attitude, for me, is oddly reflected in the Vietnamese traffic. Throngs of vehicles, from rickshaw to truck, way to many for the narrow and badly maintained Vietnamese streets, go hither and thither like busy ants. viet11_hanoi_litmanlake.jpgOn our first attempt to cross a street in the old town of Hanoi, Sylvia and I were almost dumbstruck: in no possible way could we see any chance to cross the street, even at a crosswalk. (more…)

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A moment of serenity

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I have chosen a picture of Halong Bay at sunset as the header image for this site.
It was taken on Dec 1, 2005 on our trip from Ha Noi to Sai Gon. For Sylvia and me it was a very inspiring moment, one of almost spiritual quality, with the bright sun hovering over the small mountain islands, dipping the tranquil sea into an unearthly blend of pink, yellow and orange. Looking from a 360 viewpoint some 150 meters above the sea, we savoured this moment of ethereal serenity, which ultimately would burn itself into our memories to be remembered – and cherished – forever.
Later we climbed down to walk on the sandy shore and watch the sun meet the mountain tops, biding farewell to this beautiful day.
The trip to Ha Long Bay was a perfect start to our first exposure to Vietnam and my first extensive experience of South-East Asia. Our trip was to be exciting, full of queer encounters, beautiful visions and revisions and, last not least, delicious food. We finished it off properly with a couple of Singpore Slings on the roof top bar at the Caravelle in Sai Gon.

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