A Ride in the Country outside Hoi An

I got to memorialize my sister’s birthday by taking a side trip into the countryside. Our transportation was cyclo on the way out and river boat on the way in. Mrs. Mai invited us into her home, shared her betel nuts with us, smiled through the reddest of betel nut lips and blackest of betel nut teeth, and explained that an independent old dame like her, addicted to the nut, could not be expected to live in town with her son’s family. The countryside is more accommodating, quiet, serene, partial to the gait of the octogenarian (and, perhaps, to this septuagenarian as well).

Put on your cycling shoes. No one wears a helmet here except for the faster scooter pilots.

Suburban House on the Cusp of the Countryside

Suburban House on the Cusp of the Countryside

Going Home From School

Going Home From School

The Landing

The Landing

Water or Shoreline: Pick Your Choose

Water or Shoreline: Pick Your Choose

Ready to Tend the Fist Trap

Ready to Tend the Fist Trap

Fish Trap

Fish Trap

The Quiet Fishermen

The Quiet Fishermen

Small Tributary

Small Tributary

Fishing Boat at Rest

Fishing Boat at Rest

A Large Garden to Tend

A Large Garden to Tend

Inspecting the Crop

Inspecting the Crop

Mrs. Mai at Home

Mrs. Mai at Home

She Demonstrates the Proper Wrapping of the Betel Nut

She Demonstrates the Proper Wrapping of the Betel Nut

Mrs. Mai's Kitchen

Mrs. Mai’s Kitchen

Next Door to Mrs. Mai's House

Next Door to Mrs. Mai’s House

The Commuters

The Commuters

Scarecrow

Scarecrow

Fifteen Year Old Water Buffalo, Ageless Master

Fifteen Year Old Water Buffalo, Ageless Master

The End of the Dat on the River

The End of the Day on the River

Piscatory Hiding Place

Piscatory Hiding Place

The Fish Trap

The Fish Trap

Ancient Mariner

Ancient Mariner

He knows How to Cast

He knows How to Cast

I Cast My Net Upon the Flood

I Cast My Net Upon the Flood

Returning By Nightfal

Returning By Nightfall

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