The mega mansions of Ninh Binh that look like cathedrals
Nomadic Notes Travel Newsletter - 28 August, 2020: Future Mekong Delta railway, the magic of walking, vanishing China, vagabonding in the 1960s, Georgia's 1 year visa on arrival, Delhi to London bus.
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Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. I’ve not been anywhere all month, so at least it’s been a productive month. In fact I’m nearly caught up with my travel blog posts, which means it’s time to plan some more domestic travel. The virus is almost back under control in Danang (the outbreak epicentre that brought domestic travel to a halt) so travel is slowly restarting. There is no prospect of inter-ASEAN travel yet, so we wait to see when some kind of travel channels will form.
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Visiting Ninh Binh city, the capital of Ninh Binh province. Staying on the old backpacker street and seeing the mega mansions that look like cathedrals.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
“A pair of Japanese honeymooners stranded in Cape Verde by the coronavirus pandemic have been named unlikely ambassadors for the tropical paradise's Olympic team at next year's Tokyo Games.”
Work and travel news
“San Giovanni in Galdo in Molise has been overwhelmed by requests after it offered free holiday homes to tourists in a bid help the local economy.”
Assorted travel reads
“The German filmmaker on the magic of walking, the irrelevance of bucket lists, and his new documentary about Bruce Chatwin.”
“Qian Haifeng has spent years documenting the decline of China’s “green trains” — the Mao-era rail network that remains a vital lifeline for millions of blue-collar workers.”
“Ed Buryn is an author and photographer who was one of the first to popularize the term “vagabonding” through the publication of his books Vagabonding In Europe and North America and Vagabonding in America.”
“Juliane Koepcke, a 17-year-old teenager survived 10 days alone in the Amazon rainforest after falling nearly 10,000 feet during a plane crash.”
“For two decades, Patrick Cashin worked as the MTA’s official photographer, documenting the ins and outs of one of the world’s busiest transit systems.”
In Singapore I have seen vending machines for fresh orange juice, umbrellas, and gold bullion. I would not have predicted Norwegian salmon to be a machine-vendable product.
Some great photos here making me miss Tokyo. Next year hopefully.
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