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Pollyanna Pickering’s VIETNAM ADVENTURE


Writer and Photographer Anna-Louise Pickering has recently accompanied her Mother, wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering to search for wildlife in Vietnam and Thailand.


The traffic in Hanoi flows like a river. A mass of scooters, bikes and the occasional car are in constant motion merging from narrow alleyways into wide new roads like tributaries into a major waterway. Motorbikes turn onto dual carriageways without pausing or looking, the traffic miraculously parting to let them into the main stream. Pedestrians also wind through the flow without stopping, crossing through the moving vehicles, somehow sliding through narrow channels and gaps without incident and accident.


I realize that at home in the UK we drive in a series of staccato stops and starts - red lights, stop signs - we pause and give way before joining a main road, or turning at a traffic island. In Vietnam’s capital city little interrupts the movement - certainly not a pedestrian crossing marked on the road surface as pure decoration - and vehicles joining roundabouts simply merge into the circulating traffic without a cautionary glance. Even at a major red light, where the majority of the traffic actually STOPS in a cacophony of protesting horns and shouts, eddies of scooters, motorbikes and rickshaws still run through the lights, sometimes in the opposing direction to the main road.


This means that I find it almost impossible to cross the road. At home it would be almost suicidal to step off the curbside into five lanes of moving traffic. Here it is not only normal behavior, it is the only way to get to the other side. Luckily Pollyanna & I only have two days to survive in the city before we leave for our main destination in Vietnam.


Baanchang Elephant Park offers visitors a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to help out with elephant Training. Inspiring people all over the world to care about the future of Thailand’s elephants.


Pollyanna attracts an audience at the Baan Chang elephant sanctuary, Vietnam, Thailand.


POLLYANNA PICKERING FOUNDATION


Established in 2001 by Wildlife Artist Pollyanna Pickering the Foundation is a non-profit organization which campaigns internationally to prevent the exploitation of wildlife and raises funds to support animal welfare and conservation projects worldwide.


HOW YOU CAN HELP


Visit an exhibition Adopt a wild relocated cheetah Befriend Polly, the Foundation's rescued Asiatic Moonbear


Learn more at www.pollyannapickering.co.uk


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