Hue, Vietnam; what to say, what to say? Well, it’s a cool city to walk around, interesting food as chronicled in Carrie’s Hue post, and it has the Forbidden City. Oh, and our hotel, Binh Duong II, was very nice and at around $15/night it was very very nice. To get here from Hanoi take the overnight train. A very fun experience. Again, see Carrie’s blog post on
Hue. OK, that’s it. That’s all I got for Hue, so I’m going to use my opportunity to simply post pictures of Hue that I like and talk about an issue near and dear to my heart: Planetary Homogeneity. The pictures are below if you don’t want to read my rant, but I think it will give you some food for thought, especially if you plan to travel internationally ‘someday’.
Carrie and I have had the good fortune to be able to travel extensively over our 25 years of marriage, many of those places off the beaten path. Why you ask? To experience something different than to what we are accustomed. Well, that aspect of travel is becoming more and more difficult to find as economies become global.
As an example, I just saw an article that McDonald’s plans to build 3500 new restaurants in Asia. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a capitalist through and through and believe in the free enterprise system, but as all this globalization evolves, something is lost. The local street markets become unnecessary as large supermarket chains move in. Mom and Pop restaurants and hotels disappear as the Marriotts, Hiltons move in. You get the picture.
And this isn’t new. When we traveled through Central America in 2005, KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, and McDonald’s were everywhere in the large cities. As I write this we’re in Chiang Mai, Thailand and it’s easy to find any of the above chains. Hell, we found a place called Burritos that specialized in Alabama pulled pork barbecue. The large sign out front said that it was established in 1843. Where? Sure as hell not in Chiang Mai. I have proof: see featured photo (top).
Anyhow, I could go on and on, but as I’ve said a
thousand times, if you have any interest in seeing this beautiful planet for its diversity go now. Go before everywhere is completely Californiated. Now for the fun photos:
HIKE DRINK LOVE LAUGH –>NOW!
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