Travel Newsletter - 14 August, 2020
Scenic Ninh Binh, the future Ho Chi Minh City metro, fake flights, sleeper trains, the cyberpunk futurism of Singapore, and vanishing Asia,
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Trip report of my visit to Tam Coc and the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh, Vietnam.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
“For the past 30 years, I’ve spent every summer abroad in Europe. Now I’ve realized that traveling isn’t just a pastime—it’s a mindset.” - Rick Steves.
Assorted travel reads
Progress report of the Ho Chi Minh City metro construction in 2020. Construction of Line 1, preparation for Line 2, and pre-planning for Line 3A and Line 5.
“For more than 1,700 miles, from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges flows across the plains like a timeline of India’s past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life.”
“Revisiting William Gibson’s 1993 essay on the city-state took me back to my home, where future is past.”
“Working at LAX taught me lessons school could not—including how much I wanted the degree I missed out on.”
“It is the only property outside of Britain that Queen Elizabeth called home.”
Kevin Kelly (known for his 1000 true fans essay and being “the world’s most interesting man”) has an underrated Instagram account called @vanishingasia. He has been travelling in Asia for 40 years, and I prefer these photos over the staged and high HDR photos that dominate Instagram.
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