Vietnam: Halong Bay

What were they thinking? At welcome drinks, from which nobody ever really seemed to recover, they seated the American-South African couple with the Germans and the Scots. Mistake. To be fair, it all started on a genteel enough note, and… Read More ›

Vietnam: Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Electric wires — enormous bundles of electric wires. Ominously looming overhead, as if they’re powering the city at will, capriciously, capable of bringing about a dazzling, sparkling catastrophe at any moment. Swinging gently to and fro, solitary birds in cages… Read More ›