I’ve been a busy boy since my last update, having recently spent a week in Costa Rica and then biking across Northern Colorado last week from Fort Collins through Grand County to Steamboat Springs. It was told to me the other day that this site doesn’t accurately reflect the work and travel I am doing, and I couldn’t agree more. I am currently devising a way to solve that problem. I don’t just want to regurgitate stories from other publications here, but I do want and need this to serve as a resume of sorts. In that, I may have little choice but to aggregate some of my content in the future.
With that said, there’s lots to catch up on, so let’s backtrack a bit to Hanoi. I visited Vietnam’s capital for a week at the beginning of July for a “Hanoi Today” type-story with the Daily Journal in Chicago (set to run in early 2015). During my stay, I found some of my favorite moments were spent simply sitting with a coffee or beer and watching life happen around me. This is a nice activity in a lot of places, but Hanoi really steps it up with a beehive buzz that’s impossible to ignore.
Look at these photos. I mean really look at them. Pedestrians, bicycles, cars, and motorbikes swarm through the streets, and the rules of the road are to take the shortest possible route while avoiding anything that crosses into your path.
Keep in mind all the parties in the photos are moving… this is not a traffic jam.