There are things that make a country distinct from the rest of the universe.
For Vietnam, I think of People and Motorcycles…There’s a certain mystery in the people here that even a reflective mind cannot dig into. One moment we were with a super friendly tour guide … the next, we were with some scheming tuktuk (not sure if that’s how it’s called) drivers…then a very disappointed travelbook street vendor who tapped (well, tap is an understatement but it could not qualify as a slap, i suppose) my arm when I refused to buy her merchandise …then a brawl right outside the hotel…huh!!! Still the whole Vietnam experience was worth it.
Motorcycles are everywhere in Ho Chi Minh. It would indeed take a brave soul to cross a street. Everyone seems to drive a motorcycle, men, women, young, old, students, office employees, street workers…. Motorcycles are indeed kings of the road in this side of the planet.
Last Election day, together with some friends, I worked for a candidate in Sorsogon. It was a great experience, not only for the fact that I have witnessed the automated election in action but because I was assigned in a place where people are nice and the views are spectacular… Donsol is the town in Sorsogon known for the Butandings…and no one can blame them for visiting this place on a regular basis.