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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

April 27, 2011

Crossing the streets in Saigon can scare the best of man-kind! There are very few stop lights, and if there is one, the traffic still comes at you from around every corner. I recommend, waiting for a tiny break in traffic, closing you eyes, and slowly walk–do not stop–just keep walking. Believe it or not, the traffic will go around you, not over you. You may feel like a swarm of killer-bees is descending upon you, but after a few successful crossings, it gets easier.

There are over nine million people, with five million motor-bikes, plus the car, buses, and taxis, and they are all on the street you need to cross. You may die from the exhaust fumes, but I promise you won’t be run over.

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Get ready– now close your eyes–slowly cross the street. Congratulations !

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  1. May 6, 2011 5:46 pm

    Hi, Donna. Reading your post reminded me of last year’s tweet from the communications assistant of the President of the Philippines. She’d said something like the surest way to die was to cross a street in Vietnam! Cost her her job, and there was a Facebook hate page set up in her name. Having grown up in the Philippines where nobody pays attention to crosswalks, I actually could see her point! In fact, one the things I appreciate so much about living in California is how disciplined most people are with obeying traffic regulations.

    I enjoyed sampling your posts and will be following your blog now. I especially loved the excerpt from your upcoming memoir in which you recount your harrowing experience on Seattle’s I-5 as well as crossing the bridge with smiling boys pointing guns at you. Oh my!

    • May 6, 2011 6:35 pm

      Thanks for checking it out, and so very nice to have you as a follower.
      Big Backpack–Little World is at the moment being downloaded for publishing. Hopefully it will be in print, and e-book by July. Until then I’ll continue to blog about it, and hope to entertain you.

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