Mekong Delta in photos

Mekong Delta is my favorite area in Vietnam. Outside places like Cantho and the spots where you can take Mekong cruises, you don’t see many tourists. I believe that’s what made me like Mekong Delta the best, even as a tourist myself, I sometimes just don’t like to be around with other tourists (anti-social?)

European summer is extremely dry, every day I wake up with dry throat and dry lips (even though I left humidifier on the whole night), eating dry bread the whole day lol, how I miss humid air there.

Photos taken on the way from the bus, there aren’t many trains from Ho Chi Minh city to the South.

In Mekong Delta I saw hammocks everywhere, on the streets, in front of restaurants, etc.

Fish soup with rice, good.

Bread?

Durian lady, how did she get all these durians there?

Lotus ladies, these reminds me of childhood, I used to love fresh lotus seeds.

Me too, my wish.

Communist country afterall?

Chinese middle school, people there really want to learn Chinese? But I did meet a few who can speak better Chinese than me I believe haha.

Really nice locals who helped me find the port to take a boat to the floating market. If you are lazy and unorderly like me, your trip won’t be so organised, sometimes you don’t get to see the most sites, but then maybe you will meet some friendly locals!

Trip to Tamsui Riverfront 淡水河畔

Just spent an afternoon in Tamsui in New Taipei City.

It’s not so close to Taipei city, looks like it has some nice view and some old streets.

It was Sunday so the old street is quite packed. I normally won’t specially go to see such old street, but it’s Sunday, everywhere is packed anyway.

Tamsui old street

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Beautiful riverfront walk!

D R E A M B O X !

Lately there is a temporary exhibition called “Dreambox” in MIMA museum in Brussels, I think until September you can see it.

I’ve actually never been to MIMA although I thought I’m quite a modern art lover, maybe I just never expect Brussels would have some nice museum for it, it’s not a city famous for modern art exhibitions anyway, MIMA is near the canal, but unlike those nice areas nearby canal in many other cities, Brussels canal neighbourhood Molenbeek isn’t the most amazing nor the safest district. Although nowadays it looks kinda OK, the street arts plus those colourful little windmills gives it vibes somewhat resembling Berlin’s Kreuzbeug, or maybe also similar as Paris’ Saint Martin canal, as there are also some bars and clubs. Maybe also one of the days I’ll post some photos taken in the area.

Taking about MIMA, I only found it out via Museum Night Fever last week and saw some interesting pictures taken by others, so decided to visit it before I’m going to Asia in 10 days!

The exhibition was super cool, like entering the magical world.

Entrance (painted by Marc De Meyer) of the exhibition and my failed plank challenge lol.

A twisted wall

Another twisted wall

Infinite mirrors! Reminds me of Yayoi Kusama’s installation.

Love this… the world keeps spinning, no ego, no problem. #interferencepatternprogrammedmotionsequence by Felipe Pantone

Discs and more discs (the flying CD-ROMS of Felipe Pantone)

This is also me, in some weird color and structure. My fringe looks extremely weird.

Favourite painting in there.

Last photo! Toilet selfie, surprisingly wore a T-shirt that matches the decoration so well haha!

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I also made a vlog here about the museum and the exhibition, if you are interested.

周末去看了个展,叫Dreambox梦想盒子,看的眼花缭乱,太魔幻太好玩了!

MIMA address: Henegouwenkaai 41, 1080 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek

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How travelling in West Africa is like (transport part)

Travelling in West Africa is quite difficult, I must admit. I’ve been to some other areas that are fairly difficult to travel (such as Central Asia) but still, nowhere was close to West Africa level.

I guess the most difficult part for me is the transport part and I’m going to write about it today.

For sure you can also rent a car if you are with more people. I used the public transport the whole time.

When I’m travelling, I do prefer local public transport to be honest, even though it’s sometimes not as comfortable, but you also get to see a bit more of local life and maybe to meet some fellow travellers on the way. But forget meeting other travellers in West Africa, especially countries like Côte d’Ivoire. There are very few people travelling there.

What makes transport difficult is:

  • They sometimes fit two into one seat. They happens in remote area for example during the border crossing.
  • No timetable. So no need to plan the exact time, just leave a full day or two free when you need to get to the next city. I’ve read the bush taxi system before departure, so it’s no surprise, better than I thought because mostly you can still get your bus/taxi the same day without have to wait for the next day.
  • The road condition is pretty bad, a lot of holes.

UTB is one of the bus companies in the country. In West Africa, big buses are already luxurious, most of the time you only find minibuses and chicken buses.

People transfer basically everthing they can bring.

Buses, no matter bigger buses or minibuses, have no timetable, and you have to ask around which platform it leaves, kinda chaotic. Inside the bus it can get full due to the luggage people bring with them. But at least you get your own seat. ^^

some nice music on the bus you can listen to

I didn’t get the chance to try this kind of chicken bus though.

Inside the minibus ^^

But for minibus if you get bad luck like me, your seat will constantly fall down especially on a bumpy road…not so much fun for a long trip and especially 3 seats already fits 4.

To be honest, I was so traumatised after that trip, and I took a picture on arrival.

Tuktuk is cool though. You find them in Debiso and border area in Ghana.

Anyways, be prepared for hard condition if you ever plan to travel independently in West Africa and good luck!