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Music

Having familiar music with me takes the edge off being so far from home and, oddly, makes the places I’ve been less foreign. I’ve been on a Neil Young, Richard Thompson and “The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of … Continue reading

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Hoi An via Danang by Bus (rev’d)

The bus passengers from Huế to Danang and Hoi An were mostly European and of diverse ages. I now regret passing up the train, which would have taken longer but is through what must be very beautiful country. The route … Continue reading

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Preparing to Leave Huế.

Other than breakfast, which is included in the Romance Hotel room rate and is good, I have been living on ham baguettes, phở and chicken curry in Huế. The quality of the restaurants here is low, and they cater to … Continue reading

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Huế’s Purple Forbidden City

I spent the morning at the Purple Forbidden City and Citadel in Huế. I didn’t know what to expect as my knowledge of Vietnam’s history, at least before the 1960s, is shamefully inadequate. The area is across the Perfume River … Continue reading

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A WTF Day

I duck into a place called Musik Coffee near my hotel in order to escape an obnoxious pedi-cab driver who was stalking me. I’m the only customer. The place is decorated with Elvis and Michael Jackson stuff but the “musik” … Continue reading

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Huế

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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