A bike tour in Vietnam – day 4

Today was about rice and boats. Our trip coincided with one of the rice harvesting periods in central Vietnam, so we saw lots of ripe fields and harvested rice being dried. The Vietnamese typically dry their rice in the road, which is flat and warm—even, if that means having the occasional car or bicycle ride through it. In case you want to see what a sea of rice plants looks like, watch this: Other things we saw: a shrimp farm; boats; water plants; propaganda. We ended the day in a village called Tam Quan, which is known for its fishing…

A bike tour in Vietnam – day 1 (and 2)

Recently, we rode through the highlands and central coast of Vietnam on a Grasshopper Adventures bicycle tour. Our first day was spent cycling around the highlands town of Dalat and getting used to riding on the e-bikes we’d rented. Our trip was only a few miles, during which we realized that if we hadn’t settled on using e-bikes, we would never have made it through the highlands: some of those hills were ridiculous. Also, thank god for padded bike shorts. If I’d had those in Greece, my trip would have been a lot easier. On the second day, we awoke…

A little more from Paramount Studios

One highlight of the Paramount Studios tour is the Paramount Studios backlot. The backlot recreates a number of generic city neighborhoods that have been used in movies and television shows. If you’ve flown on United Airlines recently, you’ve seen some of the backlot in the airplane safety video: We also visited the (physical) film and video library, which staff were digitizing. The organization of the collection seemed a little haphazard—one shelf contained, in order, “Top Gun”, “Paranormal Activity 2”, “Iron Man 2”, “The Perfect Score,” “Ghost”, “Hotel for Dogs”, “School of Rock”, and so on—but overall, the visit felt like…