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by Blackstone
Wed Jan 23, 9:09 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Vietnamese Dry Season
Replies: 7
Views: 2069

Anything a local ‘entrepreneur’ would be selling, food, beverage, lodging. It’s not a westernized economy or society aside from the tourist areas, even then people will work with you. As I said it’s more hustle than greed.
by Blackstone
Wed Jan 23, 8:22 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Vietnamese Dry Season
Replies: 7
Views: 2069

I avoided the touristy Dianeynam thankfully, but did take in several museum/shrines. I spent more of the time around Hue, specifically Lao Bao. Ho Chi Minh City was a quick just to go back type thing but worth it. The greed as I see it is more of a hustle type thing that seems to be a part of the cu...
by Blackstone
Wed Dec 05, 9:14 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Vietnamese Dry Season
Replies: 7
Views: 2069

Vietnamese Dry Season

Began thinking a year ago about going to Vietnam to retrace a place, culture and era pivotal to my life. The trip was moving, restorative, invigorating, the Com Hen, Pho Bo and Banh Mi worth the trip alone. Was kind of ambivalent about visiting Hanoi but it turned out to be the highlight of the trip...
by Blackstone
Thu Mar 01, 2:21 am
Forum: All Politics
Topic: WTF is Going On In JAPAN? Anyone? ...---...
Replies: 447
Views: 50361

PBS’s Frontline just did a very revealing and alarming documentary , “Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown.â€￾
by Blackstone
Tue Jun 07, 6:02 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Something Different
Replies: 8
Views: 2546

At around 11 meters the boat was a good size for the two of us, a quiet generator, more than adequate fuel and water supply. I didn’t put as many hours on the engine as I had expected, we were happy to tie up along a secluded canal and bike around the more unassuming villages. The trip into Amster...
by Blackstone
Fri May 06, 8:55 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Something Different
Replies: 8
Views: 2546

Something Different

Leaving a little later than usual this year because my friends Canal Boat availability has changed due to her having to be in Amsterdam this May. I decided to do something different and leased a Penichette Barge for two weeks to cruise around the country side leaving from Loosdrecht. At about 30' it...
by Blackstone
Thu Jun 10, 11:13 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Was Rubbish
Replies: 29
Views: 4660

Lol! I know what colcannon is ~ it was the Irish stamppot that intrigued me. Or are you saying this is what you call the colcannon? The use of ‘stamppot’ was a little tongue in cheek description I used for the natives benefit. They enjoyed it well enough, but the erwtensoep really made an impre...
by Blackstone
Thu Jun 10, 11:09 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Was Rubbish
Replies: 29
Views: 4660

Danny, your comments have a tone of acrimony to them. The passionate reasoning tenet doesn’t appear to be working as well as you expected. Unless by passionate reasoning you mean the judgmental moralizing of people you don’t know. As far as your critique about me being a rich asshole counting my...
by Blackstone
Wed Jun 02, 5:48 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Was Rubbish
Replies: 29
Views: 4660

Dannymac, I can only imagine how incredibly fortunate your family, neighbors and friends are to bask in the glowing aura and the pearls of wisdom of your self discovered enlightenment, day after day after day ad nauseam .

Sorry I can’t make your party, I have other plans that day.
by Blackstone
Tue Jun 01, 9:43 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Was Rubbish
Replies: 29
Views: 4660

I’m surprised you haven’t heard of colcannon. It’s merely a shorter version of bubble and squeak. A ‘stamppot’ like mashed potato and veg dish. 1kg potatoes, peeled and diced 250g cabbage, or kale finely sliced 1 bunch of spring onions, finely sliced 2 tablespoons of butter 75ml of milk A ...
by Blackstone
Tue Jun 01, 5:07 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Was Rubbish
Replies: 29
Views: 4660

Trip Was Rubbish

Only in the sense that most of the first half or so the binmen were on strike. Traveling around the city was a whole lot different than any other previous visit. It re-enforced the fact that one is truly in an urban area and not living in a postcard. Luckily the waste was collected down at the end o...

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