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Vietnam! (“The Friendliest Little Communist Country in the East…”)

Vietnam! (“The Friendliest Little Communist Country in the East…”)

There is a genuine warmth in the people of Vietnam that I don’t think I have experienced anywhere else on our fifteen month long backpacking world tour.

The Vietnamese do not display the overt flamboyance of the Brazilians, the macho standoffishness of the Argentinians, the aloofness of the Chileans, the rebellious confidence of the Bolivians, the cultural arrogance of the Peruvians, the willful ignorance of the Ecuadorians, the fearless doggedness of the Colombians, the disingenuous smiley-faced competitiveness of the North Americans, the infuriating over politeness of the Japanese, the ear-drum-shattering brashness of the South Koreans or the downright meanness of the Chinese…

The Vietnamese are just a carefree bunch of happy-go-lucky chaps completely content with their lots in life....

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The Capoeira Fighters Of Bahia

The Capoeira Fighters Of Bahia

We were searching for the definitive capoeira experience. Since arriving in Brazil, I had seen it on postcards but not on the streets.

Brazil’s very own martial art capoeira has been of fascination to me ever since my late teens – September 12th 1998 to be exact – when the videogame Tekken 3 was released on the Playstation....

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