An Australian friend we met in Hue, Vietnam has a particularly fabulous sense of humour. He’s definitely somebody who can see the fun in situations. These are some of his pics that show life in Hue. And in particular shows Vietnamese inventiveness when the situation requires some lateral thinking skills!
As seen in Hue, Vietnam. A child seat for a motor bike.
So what to do when your motorbike is your only form of transport and you have a small child to accommodate? And of course your first thoughts are for Junior’s safety.
Well what else but rigging your very own special safety seat for your little one. It’s high enough to allow junior a view of the countryside. And it even has a very functional safety belt. Wedged in between your legs, sharing space with the umpteen plastic shopping packets and other essential things that need transporting all seem safe.
What else would you want in a child seat?
Can’t see anything else that could do the job any better….
Selling your fish where they fell. In the middle of a busy street.
Now faced with the situation of having one motor bike and a huge load of fish that you need to get to the market. What do you do? You load everything onto your motor bike and hope for the best. Of course if you run out of rope or forget to fasten one side, or you totally overload the bike with far too many baskets and items then you could have a situation as shown in this image.
However, as ever, Vietnamese people are inventive. And what some people might consider to be a train smash when all of your fresh produce gets scattered all over a four lane busy road. If you are in Vietnam you make a plan.
And if the plan involves selling your produce to passers by who show an interest in buying your fresh and still wriggly fish right off the tarmac, who are you to complain or ignore a ‘making a living no matter what’ situation. So while you are grabbing your wayward fish, you are also serving customers who have no worries about the traffic rushing by on both sides of the accident.
Shopping opportunities in everything….
Enterprising electrician fixing cabling while standing on a petrol tanker. And don’t forget the cigarette in the mouth.
The wiring in Vietnam is quite decorative most of the time. In fact, you could probably find some images and posts on the topic on this site. For the first time visitor to Asia it’s mind blowing. We are just not used to low hanging wires that in some instances you have to brush aside just to carry on walking along the pavement. Not that many people use pavements in Vietnam. After all the road is good enough. Never mind the traffic.
So looking at this image you will see that repairing these low flying wires requires some work too. And if you don’t have a stepladder or pole to quickly climb up with then you might just need to pull up the nearest petrol tanker. So no worries about inflammable petrol, and live electrical wires. Or the fact that the super inventive technician is also smoking a cigarette.
Why would you worry after all as a card carrying Buddhist your demise is pre-ordained…
A bicycle is as good as anything else when goods need to be transported.
And finally a sight you might think is a rarity. Well, no. Everything is carried using bicycles or motor bikes. Whether it’s a huge sheet of glass, a stack of dead birds hanging on either side of your saddle, or a bevy of live birds hanging by their feet who come to life when the cyclist stops, everything is possible.
Probably most of the cycles are used more to push goods around than as means of personal transport. Flower and fruit sellers have fully laden bicycles carrying a bottle of water to spray on their goods, a scale to weigh product and plastic bags to wrap their product in.
But goods are not the only things carted. Many kids will give their pals a lift, and whole families make space on both bicycles and motor bikes with baby in front, wife and at least two more kids behind them.
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