The Crossing – A ferry ride to Tra Vinh

The Crossing.

The ferry ride deserves a blog post on its own. Beautiful day. Perfect weather. A smooth sailing. While most of the men whipped out their cigarette packs and lit up in the shade, I walked around in the sunshine and used my camera, much to their surprise. A non-smoker, a sunshine loving stranger snapping away, why on earth would he do that. That was their reaction, judging from my mind reading skills. The ferry was completely filled with cars, trucks and motorbikes, but looking at the images below, you get the impression I travelled by myself. Enjoy the view!

The Ferry I

The Ferry II

The Ferry III

The Ferry IV

The Ferry V

Self portrait. (On the left hand side in case you wonder.)

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The Xmas tradition, the annual trip to Norway. In transit.

View from the airport lounge.

Two years ago, Tian and I went back to Norway on Xmas holiday and experienced a white Xmas. Last year, we did the same trip and got a snowless experience. That didn’t hamper the Xmas mood, seeing friends and family during the holiday is simply a priceless experience in itself.

So is the travel to get there. From Saigon, Vietnam to Bergen, Norway you travel 9608.6 km and a direct flight would take 12 hours and 24 minutes. Not too bad, except there is no such thing as a direct flight. Three stopovers and security check points and extra waiting time pushes the real traveling time to 29 hours. So what do you do when en route? I peeked over Tian’s shoulder, as he enjoys the window seat view, and made a photographic study of the wing. As we travelled, the light changed, and to Tian’s chagrin, I interrupted his iPad games every so often. “Pappa, enough photos, don’t take more now.”

The iPad is a great travel companion. Just before the trip, Montessori released a geography application that teaches you both North and South America. All the countries and their national flags. I guess we impressed everybody with perfect score each time we showcased the program as we had plenty of practice time during our flights. So this is what we capture as we are in transit, en route to Bergen, Norway. Enjoy!

Wing study I

Wing study II

Wing study III

Wing study IV

Wing study V

Crossing flightpaths.


The Norwegian west coast.

A slice of Norway from the air.

Touch down at Bergen Airport.

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To travel or not to travel

Travel it is. Sunday in Saigon. The normal routine ditched in favour for a trip to the seaside. To Vung Tau. Only 130 km away. Seems close by, until you hit the roads that are still undergoing renovation. Stretches of rigorous suspension testing and a few hours later we have arrived.

Clouds over Vung Tau

Quick Italian lunch by the seaside, watching the hydrofoils arriving and leaving and seeing the rain and thunderclouds pass by in the distance. Occasional lightings are seen.

Ocean view

At the beach.

Tian having fun.

Snails for snacks.

Then the beach. Tian is overjoyed and runs in and out of the water. A table and deck chairs are made available. Seafood and snails are served.

A different Sunday. Change is good.

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