Cardboard and Kites

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Loading a cyclo
 

While I sipped an iced coffee, a cyclo was being loaded with folded cardboard boxes and thin scraps of wood across the street. The stack was nearly as tall as the driver himself. His wife or partner hefted plastic bundles bigger than herself onto the load which was surly more bulk than weight. The big bags probably contained pop cans, plastic bottles, and other recyclable materials. They finally cinched the load down with a length of rope and went their separate ways. As the driver headed to off-load and cash-in somewhere in town, his cyclo looked rather nose-heavy. I wondered if the back wheel would teeter upward if he came to a sudden stop. The woman pedaled her bicycle another direction to look for more items to recycle while I pedaled mine toward the beach.

 

Kites were flying at the nearby April 2 Square so I made a bold crossing of the Tran Phu boulevard.

Father and son
Though traffic had dwindled since the new year holiday, there were still plenty of idiots on the road.

I had hoped to find the gigantic Dragon kite that was here last year but only a dozen or so smaller kites fluttered in the sundown sky. Winds were perfect for kites and fathers taught their kids to fly. Friends and families gathered to participate or watch, and as their numbers grew, more venders appeared. They sold drinks, dried squid, grilled corn, balloons, or cotton candy. The small crowds were more entertaining than the kites themselves. April 2 Square was a fine place to be as Nha Trang shifted from day to night.

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Loading a cyclo
Loading a cyclo
Father and son
Father and son
Cinching the load
Cinching the load
Under way
Under way
Kites at April 2 Square
Kites at April 2 Square
Venders near the Tourist Center
Venders near the Tourist Center
Venders comparing notes
Venders comparing notes
Cotton candy girl
Cotton candy girl
Balloon girl
Balloon girl
Tran Phu Street
Tran Phu Street
Posers at the Tourist Center
Posers at the Tourist Center
No.5 bus stop
No.5 bus stop
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85