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Christmas on the Road

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We have been repeatedly flabbergasted by the incredible loads carried on bikes, cyclos. mopeds and motorbikes, and have witnessed such cargoes as: a complete construction site - including scaffolding tower, wheelbarrow, buckets, spades and bags of cement - on a tricycle; a mobile restaurant - stove, pots/pans, crockery, food, and a kitchen sink - on a bicycle, a full size wadrobe on a moped and, most improbably, a giant shop window (10 ft X 5ft) on the side of a speeding motorbike.
When we mentioned this to some of the hotel staff we were amazed to discover that the Vietnamese actually have a song about this phenomena. It is called "Me and My Moped Lover," and to our great suprise it is actually sung to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Try it - it's unbelievable! It could almost have been written by Sharron Bertchilde.

Me and My Moped Lover
(Traditional Vietnamese folk song - Anon.)

On the back of his moped my true love brought to me:
Twelve pigs in cages ...
Eleven dozen chickens ...
Ten wreaths of flowers ...
Nine-ty feather dusters ...
Eight-y fish-a-swimming ...
Seven bales of cotton ...
Six hundred balloons ...
Five enor ...mous urns ...
Four family members ...
Three sacks of rice ...
Two panes of glass ...
...and a kid with a Christ..mas tree.

And, yes .... We have seen all these things and much more.

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Posted by Hawkson 00:19 Archived in Vietnam

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