Friday, December 27, 2013

a few of my Vietnam videos for you to enjoy

While touring Vietnam, I have been compiling video documenting my trip as best I can. Here is some clips that I have put on Youtube.
 I shot this while stopping to ask directions. The parents, as most Vietnamese, didn't speak English so they didn't come over and offer help however this child came over to get a closer look. Although she didn't understand English either,  I understood her perfectly!
While in an internet cafe some local kids gathered round and were watching the videos that I was uploading of my adventures. I started showing them all my YouTube videos and pretty soon I have all the kids in the place laughing hysterically.
While riding north in the country side I passed many grazing animals. Here they don't have fences but it you hit and harm an animal, you have to pay for the animal.
These isn't any rest areas on the highways of Vietnam so when I came across this one at a remote gas station, I though you may find it interesting. Having toured places like Morocco that only has holes in the floor, this place is as close to our normal as it gets ( with the exception of the heights of the urinals.)
World renown bike traveler and good friend Joe Sparrow heard about my trip and wanted to come over and share some of these good times. Here he is offering some of his knowledge of the Vietnamese language
The traffic in the cities is nothing like what we experience. The driving etiquette is also totally different and takes a little while getting used to.
Although I do not condone unsafe driving on public roads, here in Vietnam, the rules of the road are all different. If you go to slow you get ran off the road if not just ran over. It is better to go with the flow and pass as others do. Passing on the right as well as the left and splitting lanes in the norm here. DON'T try this anywhere else!
Stopping into a Honda Dealership for some parts for our bikes, Joe Sparrow and myself found out we could use an automated computer motorcycle driving test and get a Vietnamese license. You can tell we never had game boys because we didn't do so well. In my defense, I have several different people giving me instructions in broken English.
While checking out this vintage Honda motorcycle I couldn't help but notice the Bean're sticker.
every meal seems to be an adventure. I never seem to know what I am going to get so I just sit down and let them bring me whatever they are serving.
I love coconut milk ( basically coconut  flavored water) even though I do not like processed coconut. Here every where you turn is coconuts for sale. I make sure I have at least 1 or 2 everyday.
This is a little lesson in traffic etiquette. As I said before is is different then anywhere else I have been.
And traffic etiquette isn't just for driving or riding. It is also important to learn if you are going to walk as most places don't have side walks and if they do, they are filled with bike parking forcing you to walk on the side walks
This was my first video shot in Vietnam. Looking back I realize just how green I was 2 weeks ago. I have learned a lot and will continue to learn I am sure.

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