Traveling is a very gratifying aspect of my life. It allows me to experience new cultures, sights, and meet new people. When I am traveling in a new country, my friends and family are always in my thoughts. I often want to bring them along on the journey so we can share this experience together. Even though my family and friends are not with me on this trip to Vietnam, photography is one way I can shorten the gap. Through my lens, my family and friends, as well as yourself, can join me on my recent trip to Vietnam.
Vietnam is a beautiful country filled with sites that are pleasing to the eye. Every corner, nook, and ally tells a different story, and with its dense population, there are a plethora of photographic opportunities. One of the first spectacles I witnessed was the infamous Vietnam motorcycles. To my dismay, they are everywhere; these machines covered every inch of the road. The motorcycles were so numerous it reminded me of scattered ants wildly moving about when their home is invaded. The drivers seem to have the driving skills of a veteran race car driver as they masterfully weaved through the organized chaotic traffic with ease. Drivers used their horns to send coded messages to each other, as each beep of the horn indicated their intent and direction of travel.
It’s A Family Affair
As I stood on the sidewalk in awe, a family of four comfortably riding on a motorcycle zipped passed me, followed by a man carrying the feed to a vendor. Parents transport their toddlers using their motorcycles. Some of the children even slept while their parents negotiated rush hour traffic. I thought to myself, “This could never happen in the States.”
Work It Man
These motorcycles are the primary form of transportation. They are used as the family vehicles, cargo trucks, taxi and any other mode of transportation imagined. Rain or shine, the Vietnamese motorcycles is a transportation stable.
My only regret is I did not get an opportunity to operate a motorcycle in Vietnam. I often wonder would I be as successful as the Vietnamese.