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About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at


I took the train from Hanoi to Huế, which turned out to be about a 14 hour ride. Since most of it took place at night there isn’t much to say about the scenery except when we would stop on … Continue reading

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Vietnam Wiring

This picture is pretty typical, although it can be much worse in the old sections of town. At times you will see suspicious looking wires dangling from poles over sidewalks, and coils of wire laying at the feet of weird … Continue reading

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B-52 and the Hanoi Hilton

An, my new translator and guide, met me outside the hotel first thing in the morning and off we went on his scooter to run errands and see some of Hanoi. He still wouldn’t commit to a price so I … Continue reading

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The Banana Women of Hanoi

You see quite a few women in the Ancient Quarter market carrying fresh produce in two flat baskets suspended from a bamboo shoulder pole sectioned lengthwise. They always carry some Vietnamese bananas, which are shorter than the Central American ones. … Continue reading

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The Metropole Hotel in Hanoi dates from 1901 and is built in French colonial style. The rooms are comfortable, the staff is friendly and considerate, and the furnishings are grand. Wages must be quite low in Hanoi as the staff is … Continue reading

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Night Train to Hanoi

The train from China to Vietnam leaves Nanning at 6:45 pm from the hectic railroad station. It’s an overnight trip, and the only accommodations available were “soft sleeper,” which is what I wanted. I hung around outside the station where … Continue reading

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