• Daniel Austin
  • 07
  • Jun
  • 09
This entry is part 12 of 40 in the series The (d)SP0T

It’s the end of my first week in Vietnam, spent mostly in the An Giang province. I’d love to have a great story to tell about how I was shocked by the poverty and amazed that so many people could live in such dirty and worn down conditions and yet be such a happy nation. I don’t, though. It’s not shocking that these people find happiness in simplicity and lack of big media distraction. It makes sense that actually having to talk to your neighbors on a day to day basis, doing commerce with people rather than employees, cooking food with your family and eating together would lead to happiness. These people eat dinner while sitting on the kitchen floor, can see the dirt below the house through the cracks in the floor, bathe with a bucket of water, sleep under a mosquito net and have managed to find happiness.

river-in-binh-hoa

local-street-vendor

cooking-upstairs

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