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[5 Mar 2012 | One Comment | 1,005 views]
Becoming a yes man – Driving in Saigon

If you talk to anyone who’s visited Vietnam, one of the first things they will mention is the traffic (just type ‘Saigon traffic’  into YouTube and you’ll find countless videos). To say that traffic is mental would be a bit of an understatement. There are motorbikes everywhere, on the sidewalk, inside houses and on the roads. At first, looking at the traffic as a pedestrian is terrifying, with many first timers struggling to cross the road. This was exactly the reaction we had when we first arrived. We would not …

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[20 Oct 2010 | 4 Comments | 2,432 views]
Working in Saigon – A day in the life

Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City) is Vietnam largest city with a population of around 8 million people and over 5 million motorbikes. Anyone that has visited this city will agree that it is crazy busy, making crossing the road a bit of a gauntlet and finding a quiet area even more difficult.
Strange as it might seem but Donna and I decided to settle amongst the madness for 4 months and teach English in Saigon. The original plan was to teach in Cambodia, but having enjoyed travelling down …

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[10 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 574 views]
Crossing the road in Hanoi

Crossing the road might seem like a simple task to many who haven’t experienced the traffic in Vietnam.  “How difficult can it be?” some may ask.  Surely the simple rules “Stop, Look & Listen” can be applied to any road crossing in the world.  Myself and Donna soon found out that this is not true, especially in Hanoi.  If you apply this rule in Vietnam you would be waiting a lifetime to cross the road.

As you can see in the video above, Donna demonstrates that crossing the road in Vietnam …

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[17 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 640 views]
We love you Hanoi, we do

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of love I have for Hanoi.
I was always looking forward to coming to Vietnam out of all the countries in S.E Asia but Hanoi really won me over from the get-go. Hitching a ride in a taxi from the airport with Dan and Bianca, we witnessed the chaos the country brings from the minute we stepped out into the streets.
Being a non-driver I am usually quite a placid passenger and go over random thoughts floating in my head rather than concentrate on the …