Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A visit to the crazy house

People seem to love Dalat. Honestly, I'm not sure why. It's more expensive than most other Vietnamese cities and really doesn't offer that much. Sure it's got great veggies grown here, but then again the people selling them in the market are hiking up the prices to foreigners that it makes you more angry than anything.

One highlight of the city is the Hằng Nga guesthouse, otherwise known as the Crazy House. The house was built by the Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga, daughter of Truong Chinh, Vietnam's second President (after Uncle Ho). This probably explains how she was able to get away with building such an anomaly of a building in a communist country.

Described as a “fairy tale house”, the building’s overall design resembles a giant tree, incorporating sculptured design elements representing natural forms such as animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves.

People describe it as being somewhat like Gaudi's work but I found that it paled in comparison to his achievements. It was a neat idea, but after a little while we were not so impressed. However, the hundreds of Russian tourists that were visiting while we were there were awe struck.

view from the entrance.

um... next

sword fights with the gong mallets. real mature

contemplating.. inside a fake tree

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