Quiet spots in Ho Chi Minh City

For many visitors, the incessant honking of bike, taxi, bus, and lorry horns provides the first greeting to Ho Chi Minh City beyond the arrivals hall at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport. The sounds of the city streets provide a strident daily soundtrack in Saigon, along with karaoke being sung spectacularly off-key from a street … [Read more…]

Fourth of July traditions in the US

At some point in 1776, Thomas Jefferson probably turned to John Hancock and said, “You know, John, someday people will spend entire days drinking light beer, packing themselves into public parks, then trying to figure out how to use the bathroom once the fireworks start to celebrate this declaration!” This is pretty close to what … [Read more…]