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Wet Season in Hoi An

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Yesterday it was sunny, ridiculously hot and humid. It took but a few minutes for sweat to cover me as we walked through the streets of HoiAn.

Clouds had been gathering all day, and during the night the rain began to fall. Heavily. With the rain came the wind. I woke to find a patch of lawn in front of our villa covered with coconuts and rocks. At times the spray from the ocean splashed onto our doors.

And this is just the start of the rainy season in Vietnam!


The Spaceship Outside MyWindow

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A perfect view just on sunrise. Aliens, a spaceship, the futuristic world of the Jetson's?

A night spent in Singapore , and a quick stopover en route to Hoi An. Staying at the airport hotel I had this amazing view from my widow. Outside, the world was hot and sweltering, and tropical storm on the way. Inside, I was cocooned from the world. The hotel is designed with calming lights and a peaceful atmosphere for weary travelers; a twilight zone of perpetual travelers. I could have been anywhere.

Hence, the view onto the airport tower. Perfect.


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Vintage Drawing of a Dragon of Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Venice, Gondolas and Me

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Although I have never been in one, I've always had a soft spot for gondolas. There's something incredibly romantic watching them bob up and down as they make their way along the Grand Canal, or hearing the water of Venice lap against them as they are tied up for the night.

The Rains of Laos

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Anyone who has been to the tropics during the rainy season knows the feeling. The tension grows – and grows – until the sky can bear no more. The heavens open, and in a flash the rain falls from the sky.

This is not the gentle rain of a summer afternoon. It i s a tropical downpour, and as the first drops smash to the ground people squeal with delight and run for cover. In a matter of minutes the streets are deserted, and before long the street gutters are gurgling with water.

I had arrived in Luang Prabang, Laos, only a an hour or so earlier. The sky stretched deep and blue above me, and the heat and humidity were so high the sky was sweating. Somewhere between the airport and my hotel white clouds started foaming over the horizon.