As Vietnam train leaves, life moves in a fleeting space

No one heard the typical train whistle sound as the Reunification Express train at Saigon station prepared to take off. The audible sounds were the choruses of people who were trying to make themselves comfortable in finding their seats. A tiny squabble can also be overheard between confused passengers and train crews (they were the… Continue reading As Vietnam train leaves, life moves in a fleeting space

Hue: A city of “perfume and purple”

By Lorie Ann Cascaro and Jesse Pizarro Boga  Hue women do their laundry at the Perfume River. MindaNews photo by Lorie Ann Cascaro HUE CITY, Vietnam (MindaNews / 13 Feb) – Our journey to Hue from nearby city Danang in Central Vietnam had us go through a mandatory discomfort in a small, cramped bus (and… Continue reading Hue: A city of “perfume and purple”

Hoi An: Old but alive

By Lorie Ann Cascaro and Jesse Pizarro Boga Lanterns and yellow lights brighten up the streets of Hoi An, which appear bland during daylight. Photo by Jesse Pizzarro Boga for MindaNews HOI-AN, Vietnam (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – The road to Hoi An, a small city in Central Vietnam, was literally long and winding. From the… Continue reading Hoi An: Old but alive

Saigon: The city has two faces

HO CHI MINH CITY, Viet Nam (MindaNews/3 February) — The towering buildings, bars, tour agencies, and hostels lined up like sentries can give visitors the impression that Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon), is a place ahead of every other city in Vietnam. The fast-paced life in Viet Nam’s financial district, where most of… Continue reading Saigon: The city has two faces