There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point!
Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
On this blog you can read (if you can decipher my use of the English language, spelling inconsistencies, typing unpredictability and all around lack of proofreading) about my adventures to, from and throughout Vietnam, as well as seeing photos and videos of people and places I visit along the way.
For all you geography challenged people -Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula. For those of you more challanged Indondina is in Southeast Asia just south of China with Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the East.
Did you know Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world, with a population of over 89 million?