Do you know how to drive in Vietnam? After careful observation and consideration, I believe there are three basic rules, which I’ve outlined below:
- Honk your horn!
- Never stop moving forward! Except sometimes at a red light, if everyone else seems to be stopping. If.
- Don’t hit anyone! Plus, in all seriousness, just honk your horn again.
I suppose that’s more like 3.5 rules, with the extra horn honking in there, but who’s counting anyways?
During our time in Vietnam, we’ve enjoyed a homestay in Hoi An with a family who wouldn’t stop making sure we were having the best time of our lives, a cool backpackers’ hangout close to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park where we were dazzled by beautiful caves recently discovered and opened to the public over the last few years, and a nice hotel in lively Hanoi. Throw in a nice 3 day side trip to Bai To Long Bay (Ha Long Bay’s calmer neighbor) that included a boat cruise to another homestay on an island, and you get the gist of what happens when the Year of Fun says they’re heading to Vietnam.
Here are some photos taken during our time here for you visual learners out there. (I can now say that I’ve differentiated the delivery of the content of this blog, practicing an essential teaching skill for the modern educator, thus providing evidence to the school district which so generously gave me a year’s leave that I am indeed reflecting upon my normal day job). Which picture do find the most interesting/fascinating/memorable? (Now turn to your table partner and explain, all you interpersonal learners you….)
Thanks, Vietnam. Next up: Singapore. Where none of the official Vietnamese driving rules mentioned above apply.