Terraced rice paddies, near Nghia Lo Vietnam


Terraced rice fields near Nghia Lo, Vietnam

Sidewalk breakfast, Hanoi, Vietnam

Breakfast With a Smile, Hanoi

The vivid memory of this woman’s smile greeted me when I woke up this morning. I have no idea what provoked it but I didn’t fight it. There are worse images that can clutter a mind when one starts the day. The recollection left me no choice but to hunt …

Fisherman in Tam Coc Vietnam

Pic du Jour: Tam Coc Fisherman, Vietnam

Fisherman on the Ngô Đồng River near Tam Coc, Ninh Bihn Province, Vietnam. Today’s Pic du Jour was snapped in October 2010.

Pineapple vendor Hanoi

Pic du Jour: Pineapple Vendor, Hanoi

Today’s Pic du Jour –the 75th(!) straight since this project was re-inaugurated– features a woman prepping for her morning pineapple sales route, snapped just a few minutes before she sold me my breakfast baggie. This is for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge which asked for illustrations of Street Life. In …

Rower on the Ngô Đồng River, northern Vietnam

International Women’s Day 2014

Rower on the Ngô Đồng River, near the city on Nihn Binh in northern Vietnam. This was taken during an excursion on the  Tam Cốc, or three caves, portion of a popular day trip excursion from Hanoi. Hers was and remains one of the most unforgettable faces and smiles from …

Recess, primary school, rural Vietnam

Recess, Primary School, Rural Vietnam (Pic du Jour)

This is recess at a primary and middle school near the village of Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam. A snap of the teacher from this school whose English class I sat it on for a few minutes is here. October 2010

Morning sword exercise, Hanoi

6:30 a.m. Sword Dance, Hanoi (Pic du Jour)

Morning sword dance exercise near Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam. 22 Oct 2010

Fruit vendor in Hanoi, 23-Oct-2010

Street Vendor, Hanoi (Pic du Jour)

A fruit and vegetable vendor in Hanoi, soon after she set up shop and just before she sold me a pineapple. Peeled and sliced to order. Hanoi, Vietnam, 23-October-2010

Vietnam 111

Five Ways to Find Authenticity on the Road

Suggestion #1: Dump your expectations and stereotypes in the non-recyclables bin before passing through security, and don’t look back.