When I just arrived in Vietnam, everything was new, exciting and worthy of a picture. Oh look, skin-coloured toe socks! Oh look, everything is recycled! Oh look, I’m a millionaire.

You get used to most of it. That’s just how the brain works: ‘Ah yes, seen this a thousand times now, must be normal’. Good in some ways (how would we ever advance if we see everything as new every day), dangerous in others (repeating an insane message should never make it normal nor accepted).

Some sights in Vietnam keep surprising me. Even though I must have seen them over a hundred times now.  This cable guy (and the cables) for example. How can this work?