During a tour up the Mekong River, we noticed some awesome low tech no name restaurant located on the river banks, often constructed from rusty tin plates. bamboo and cardboards - leftovers once containing Panasonic TV sets or refrigerators. The vegetables served were cultivated and grew in the sand just a few meters from where it was prepared, and the chicken running between our feet were the same they served us a few minutes later. The lavatory was a ditch in the sand some 20 meters away, well within sight from the other guests. There is no such thing as privacy in a place like this - but the food was excellent, and the surroundings and view was stunning.
Because the Mekong River is flooded so often, the river banks change, and the locations of these restaurants change from year to year. Location on Google Maps is a "best guess".
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.Text by Steve Smith.