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Chau Doc (Vietnam). Snake wine is an alcoholic beverage produced by infusing whole snakes in rice wine or grain alcohol. The drink was first recorded to have been consumed in China during the Western Zhou dynasty and considered an important curative and believed to reinvigorate a person according to Traditional Chinese medicine. It can be found in China, Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia (source: Wikipedia)

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The “Tra Su” Mangrove Forest

Chau Doc (Vietnam). The Tra Su mangrove forest is a paradise on earth, and as such it’s very difficult to describe it using words or even with photographs… I had a tour around its narrow channels through intricate trees, using a small boat rowed by a woman. The forest is a paradise for birdwatchers, and what will impress you is over all its silence and quite, broken only by the click of my camera. It’s a unique experience, another amazing place of the amazing Vietnam.

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Young Monks at the Thien Mu Pagoda

Hue (Vietnam). The value of some photos is in remembering a special moment. I met these two young monks at the Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue while I was walking and admiring this wonderful place. They were praying, but they made me understand that they were not disturbed by my presence. I staid in a corner, without taking photos but simply watching them and letting the peace generated by that moment pervading myself. When they finished, before closing the room where they were praying, they made me understand that I could take a photos of them – it was like a remuneration for my silent respect of their activity. At the end, I had the feeling that they were even happy to be photographed: as said, it was a special moment…

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Vietnam Electricity Grid

Hanoi (Vietnam). During my trip around Vietnam, I noticed that the electricity grid is considered more than just an attraction: it’s a true superstar! Well, I must admit that I was intrigued by scenes like this one above (and they are very frequently, not only in large cities) – and not only because I work in the electricity sector!

So, I was not surprised when I saw this same image here above, printed on t-shirts sold everywhere in souvenirs shops. If you will travel all around Vietnam, you will certainly notice them. They are nice, and quite representative of today’s Vietnam. But I guess – and I’m pretty sure about it – that in few years these t-shirts as well as photographs like this one will be just a funny memory, considering that Vietnam is committed to modernize its infrastructures, including the Vietnam Electricity Grid.

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