Vietnam is a great place with many friendly people, one good way of getting to know them is by traveling on the city buses. I rarely do this inside the city though but when I go to see one of our suppliers in Long An, that’s a 90 minute bus ride and plenty of occasions to chat with Vietnamese people.
I guess for some these are just photos of buses but for me every detail and every second is an adventure (that’s why we’re here right?-)
This day I had the great idea of not waiting for my usual bus, n° 603 and getting on the 150 to Suoi Tien theme park and waiting for 603 over there.
I ended up paying two bus tickets instead of one and there was no shade at this bus stop.
The heat here could grind you into the ground!
At this particularly busy bus stop, the street vendors jump in and will try to sell you a wide array of stuff. Its funny to see locals surprised at seeing a foreigner inside the bus.
A couple of “Xe Om”, motorbike taxi drivers passing time while waiting for a customer, some of you may recognize the beverage…
Today was quality control day and here are some items ready to be exported.
This sofa set in poly ratan is going to Belgium to our friend Boris’s house.
Now this is what I call weaving! It’s delicate, complex and stunning at the same time. Natural fibers from water hyacinth create a warm and down to earth vibration. I hope Delphine will have sweet dreams in her water hyacinth bed. The water hyacinth bed is marketed in France under the name “lit rotin“, not exactly rotin (rattan) but in the same family of natural and vegetal fibers.
The way back was particularly long due to a traffic jam on the highway. Still, I had a laugh with some young students that left school, the “ao dai” really makes the girls look exotic and beautiful.
By the way, the ticket collectors in the bus were two scruffy little dudes that on first thought weren’t inspiring much confidence but I was wrong, they were very friendly and when I left the bus we were all smiling and waving. The same happened with an old lady in a truck that I was face to face with during the traffic jam, what a great smile.
This might sound a bit innocent for some but that’s the Vietnam I like, of course, we all know the dark side is the bag or phone snatching which has become a real epidemic but keep faith and open your eyes and ears, there are plenty of wonderful people around that make you so happy to be a guest in their country!
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