The beach of Saigon
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Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. Once again we are teetering on the brink of going into some form of lockdown, pending how quick they can put out the latest outbreaks. A lane has just been locked down here, which is how the virus has been contained so far. I stay here knowing that I could wake up with my street being barricaded. I think it’s a better system that a few streets take a hit for the team, rather than taking the whole country down. It helps that there is no religious nonsense here either.
This week I’ve been thinking about my time in Switzerland after seeing this great video from Switzerland Tourism, featuring Roger Federer and Robert De Niro.
I spent six months in Lucerne in 2003, and it’s where I started my digital nomad life. I didn’t know I was being a digital nomad, I was just working from my laptop in another country. One thing about living in 2003 was that I didn’t take many photos, and I wasn’t chronicling my adventures either. I had my first digital camera then, which I rarely used, and I had set on the lowest pixel quality to save space. What was I thinking!
Here I am in Saas-Grund in the canton of Valais, clearly wandering around in a daze, stupefied by the view.
It was around this time when Roger Ferderer began his ascendancy, winning his first grand slam at Wimbledon. Federer was playing my fellow Aussie Mark Philippoussis (The Poo!)
Being based in Switzerland I was already a Federer fanboy, so I was happy for either to win.
[Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2003 (via tennis.com).]
It’s hard to tell from my Swiss photo, but I had long brown hair tied back in a ponytail, just like Roger Federer. I would have random Swiss dudes point at me and say “Roger Federer!” My hair was wavier then, but I wasn’t going to spoil the moment. While we shared similar hairdos, the doppelgänging ended at the tennis court.
I would like to go back to Switzerland and take proper photos this time, and also visit some of the alpine railways that I didn’t see. It’s on my list of things to do when this damn pandemic is over.
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Vung Tau is a coastal city in the Southeast region of Vietnam. It’s the most accessible nicest beach to Saigon, thus it is regarded as “the beach of Saigon”.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
“No vaccine access for all? No tourism recovery. It’s playing out already, with more lives being lost senselessly. The travel industry should act fast and figure out how it can be part of the solution.”
“US now supports bid to allow poorer nations to make cheap copies of vaccines, but Australia is holding out.”
Assorted travel reads
“As the number of tourists and other visitors to the Chernobyl zone in Pripyat, Ukraine rise, many can be traced back to a surprising source: the video game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.”
“Covid is just the latest challenge for a hippie hideaway that became a world-renowned beach retreat.”
“Medjugorje, just southwest of Mostar in modern day Bosnia and Herzegovina, was a quiet Yugoslav town when, in 1981, the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to six local children.”
“Norfolk Island is part of Australia but most of the locals don't see themselves as Australian.”
“Retractable floor will allow visitors to see the ‘majesty of the monument’ from its centre, says culture minister.”
“GPS has mapped the fastest way to drive, cycle or bus between almost anywhere, yet there was no map showing how to walk between Britain's cities and towns – until now.”
“Over the last 50 years, Amtrak has seen many designs come and go.”
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