Reunification Day

Big, festive holiday in this country today, marking the fall of the Saigon government.

AP Photo

North Vietnamese tanks rolled through the gates of the Presidential Palace on this date in 1975. Here is a calendar page from that day, as displayed in the museum of the Presidential Palace, now the Reunification Palace, here in Ho Chi Minh City.

These (mostly) daily photos from a slow trip around the world are collecting on Earthphotos.com. See the archive page Around the World, Slowly.

Quotes: Greenland Is Falling Apart

The photos are mine. Text is from Greenland Is Falling Apart by Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic magazine:

“If Greenland were suddenly transported to the central United States, it would be a very bad day for about 65 million people, who would be crushed instantly. But for the sake of science journalism, imagine that Greenland’s southernmost tip displaced Brownsville, Texas—the state’s southernmost city—so that its icy glaciers kissed mainland Mexico and the Gulf thereof. Even then, Greenland would stretch all the way north, clear across the United States, its northern tenth crossing the Canadian border into Ontario and Manitoba. Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Iowa City would all be goners. So too would San Antonio, Memphis, and Minneapolis. Its easternmost peaks would slam St. Louis and play in Peoria; its northwestern glaciers would rout Rapid City, South Dakota, and meander into Montana. At its center point, near Des Moines, roughly two miles of ice would rise from the surface.”

Pictures from the Road, Saigon

I’ve never much tried to pick individual stocks for gain. My reasoning is, people dedicate their lives to understanding the stock market, have far more expertise than I, and still great hordes of them turn out to be wrong. In a similar way, I don’t presume special knowledge on “the dichotomy between those who revere saints and those who rail against their hypocrisy.” But it was an enjoyable experience to be among believers at Easter mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon.

Those pop-up greeting cards are a thing in Saigon.

Flower Blossom soup, Nam Pla Thai restaurant.

Can’t recommend the Spicies of Feet. Can recommend the restaurant. Can’t find if it has a web site.

 

You just never know.

It gets hot in the Ben Thanh market, Saigon.

On the street, too.

Ad from Truong Van Ben Soap Company in Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

See you next week.