Ever since a friend told me about these brick factories on the banks of the Red River west of the city, I wanted to visit them. Today was the day to go and shoot some pictures there. The factories themselves looked rather ominous but the workers were extremely friendly, welcoming this strange Tây to their workplace. They proudly showed me around, even though everything they explained basically got lost in translation...
Today I made a quick stop at the quirky and atmospheric Jade Emperor Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. The light wasn't as good as I'd hoped for, so I might have to revisit sometime. One tip for future visitors: don't forget to check out the huge tree in the courtyard (last photo below). Its vast web of tangled branches is amazing!
As I was selecting some photos for the summer holiday post, I decided to do a separate post with pictures of the Belgian coast, taken during our stay there in July. Mocked by many Belgians as being one of the uglier parts of our country, I happen to like this area a lot. I hope it comes through in the photos.
Griet recently visited some projects of Mekong Plus, a Belgian-led NGO that does some amazing work in Vietnam. If you're looking for a project to support, this could be the one. Enjoy Griet's photos of her trip to the beautiful southern regions in Vietnam.
In Hanoi, May is summer. On some days we even have blue skies. No haze, no smog, no clouds. Those days are few and far between, but yesterday we were lucky.
Although this blog is meant as a photographic narrative about our life and travels in and around Vietnam, we made trips in the past to several other destinations. I sometimes go through old pictures, and thought there were some worth sharing here. These were basically made with crappy cameras compared to today's technological miracles, but a tiny bit of post-processing can do wonders. The pictures here were made in Rwanda, Ireland, USA, Israel, Namibia and France.
Another school holiday, another family vacation. During the recent Spring Break we traveled to the modern metropolis of Singapore and the old-world charm of Bali. Incomparable, but both loads of fun.
Today we biked through the eastern outskirts of the city and the countryside, catching glimpses of local life. Tough Vietnamese guys getting ready for a swim in West Lake, barges cruising the Duong River, a colourful temple festival on an otherwise gloomy day and a simple yet delicious bun cha meal are just a few examples of today's fun photo opportunities.
My name is Wouter. I'm a Belgian living and working in Vietnam. This blog, Xin Chào Bỉ, is a personal photographic narrative of life in Vietnam and beyond. Expect cliches and surprises, smiles and tears, concrete and forests. Hopefully you'll enjoy looking around here as much as I did clicking the shutter.
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