Adventures of an American Seoul-Sister

Adventures and Observations of an American Seoul-Sister

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Power Wheels: Casket Cart

One of the first things I thought when I got to Vietnam was "OMG!  That's a lot of motorbikes!"  The streets host a constantly-honking, thick-n-steady stream of motorbikes careening haphazardly forward, spilling unto sidewalks, lurching around eachother, and causing what appears to be general mayhem but that somehow manages, despite appearances, to be a smoothly operating traffic system.  I've heard that taking a motorbike ride can be a harrowing experience for a car-coddled American.  I have enough trouble just crossing the street! 

Mixed amongst the motorbikes are rickshaws, bikes, and peddled three-wheelers.  One thing that constantly amuses me is how much these little transporters can carry.  There are things strapped to motorbikes and bicycles that most Americans would take one look at and think, "I need a bigger trunk for that--or a moving van."

So, I intend to make "Power Wheels" a regular series featuring the amazing and amusing feats of Hanoi's wheeled wonders.  The first of this series begins with:

Casket Cart:  I hope there isn't a dead body in there.