Tĩnh Gia's main shopping street in its normal, soothingly busy, mode Motorbike delivery The main shopping street in Tĩnh Gia
runs from the cross roads on the AH1,
right out of the town and eventually
on to a station, three kilometres distant, where no
trains stop. It bears the name Nguyễn Văn Trỗi, (a
young Viet Cong member who attempted to shot the
American Secretary of defence). The road forms one
boundary of the large market, as shown
on previous pages,
and is home to the busiest shops, and numerous street traders.
Washing Machine delivery
Calm times are the norm with the pace of life seen in these pictures...
...when bicycles still often dominate
From the same spot, but towards Tết it can get busy
Moving out from the town centre the road...
...soon becomes rural
Maybe you do not instantly see this as one person walking away from you. And I
These men are working on one of the gap sites along the road. The rods are the reinforcement for reinforced concrete which have to be cut down to size on site. An example of a
shuttered concrete pillar
using these was seen on the Hân's House page
wonder if you saw the
picture on the last page
showing the same man - Tền - sitting by the roadside. Part of that picture is repeated above. For very many years Tền wandered Tĩnh Gia like this. Happily recently a very public spirited citizen has provided him with a home and maintenance
A clothes shop, literally 'trousers shirts' (Quần Áo), with a man squatting (Vietnamese style) arranging shirts. The phone numbers on the wall are usually for plasterers
Lanes like this, with housing, run from the road; corner shops cater for the near-by residents
A side entrance from the road to
with motor-bike park. This guy keeps the bikes in order
Behind the bike this woman mixes cement - the 'men' watch
Many shops are devoted to cycle and motor-bike repairs
Much selling does not involve shops. Along the road vegetables, fruit and clothes are hawked
Panniers make carrying the weight easier, but many...
...vendors simply put their goods in ordinary bags
Here a man has agreed to use the area in front of a shop to sell the heavy padded coats needed in winter...
...and this woman has laid out a line of items for customers to inspect - a pop-up shop
Yet another way of selling is to cruise round on motor-bikes, like these two woman, stopping and offering wares. Here the produce are hens, these are traded live, as the Vietnamese are very particular about the freshness of their food - it is a tropical country
Barbers' shops are even commoner than in the UK. The full heads
of hair of both sexes are kept in perfect order
Bakers' ovens occupy ground floors; in front cabinets display their produce
The Vietnamese are always friendly and welcoming; traders especially so - you are a potential customer!
Giant bearded westerners are valuable for easily distracting infants
Hairdressing can offer an opportunity to start a business with minimal outlay. Here supplemented by a cabinet of drinks
Family businesses are the norm. Although the majority of young people, from towns like Tĩnh Gia, will migrate to Hà Nội or other cities, not least for university courses
- a third of the population goes to university
The next page
of this section will take you to the key institution on the road shown above - Ba Hai's Beer Bar - my local, when in Tĩnh Gia
The next page
of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Wild Lands'.
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