Just back from two weeks in Vietnam; my first time really travelling in South-East Asia and an amazing experience. I was looking forward to two things especially: the food and the landscape. The food didn’t disappoint; it was invariably fresh tasting, simple and delicious. The landscape wasn’t entirely what I expected, though I suspect that the tourist route I travlelled narrows experiences somewhat.
The thing I noticed most was that it is a profoundly peopled place. It has been shaped, re-shaped and is inhabited by a busy, industrious, cheerful, optimistic people. The landscape was inescapably connected to them. Maybe I’m rambling, or still jet-lagged, but I’m hopeful some poems will come out of all of this eventually. I hope to anyway.
Above: driving near Hoi San.
Below: Hai Long Bay.