Wonderful video of frenetic traffic in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

I often talk about how crazy it is to cross the street in other parts of the world. Being from Montreal, I’m well-versed in the art of jaywalking but in many cities even a jaded jaywalker can find herself overwhelmed. In Morocco, the key was to make eye contact before stepping out into the street, in Turkey it was running as quickly as possible and in Vietnam, it’s a slow-motion musical  - don’t make any sudden moves, sway into the flow of traffic – and you ought to be fine.

No one has captured this as well as Rob Whitworth who, with the help of some fun music and a lot of talent, has put together a terrific timelapse of the energy in Vietnam. With boats, cars, motorbikes and bicycles, he’s managed to convey both the frenetic movement and the seemingly casual chaos and gracefulness present in all of it.

For anyone who has been to Vietnam, I’m sure you’ll find yourself nodding along in agreement – this is a great depiction of what it’s like to move around the in the curled waterways and streets of HCMC.

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Hope you enjoy!

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The Mountain: A Stunning Milky Way Timelapse from Spain’s Highest Peak

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg. Her views and opinions are hers alone and do not represent Hipmunk. 

We are used to seeing the Milky Way galaxy from space, like this NASA photo from the Fermi telescope:

But the video below is a whole new way to see the Milky Way, and easily the most beautiful thing you’ll watch this week. Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd set up his camera between the 4th and 11th of April atop Spain’s highest peak, El Teide mountain. At 3718m (12,198 ft) tall, it is one of the best places to photograph the stars, which is why the Teide Observatories are on its slopes. 

Though he wanted to capture the Milky Way, a sandstorm swept through the Sahara on the 9th of April, clouding the sky from the summit. Instead of ruining the scene (as Sorgjerd initialy worried it would) the sandstorm produced some of the most beautiful, haunting and shimmering scenes in his film. Watch for it at 32 seconds in:

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The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

If you enjoyed this video, take a look through his Facebook fan page or Twitter feed for more terrific films (The Aurora is one of my faves).

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