It’s a common story to see Vietnamese people travel to places like United States, Australia, France, China, and various other places to settle, but it’s rare, at least for me, to hear about a Vietnamese who would settle in Africa. Furthermore, documentaries and TVs usually show an ugly image of most places in Africa besides the tourist attractions, and so Africa isn’t usually a place for Vietnamese to travel to for settling. Anyhow, for me, personally, I’ve lived in the United States for the most part of my life, and so I wouldn’t know much about Africa for sure. This is why I’m so curious and in awe to see a Vietnamese person who is successfully settled in Africa. In the video right after the break, you get to see a story of a Vietnamese man who was tricked into visiting Africa which he got no money to fly back home. Instead of flying back home, he made his living there from day one in which he got zero cent on his body. Yet somehow he was able to make a living, and now he is somewhat successful in Africa.
China’s marvelous high-speed rail just rolls out a pilot program for delivering foods from nearby local areas to the passengers’ train seats. Basically, let’s say a passenger on China’s high-speed train doesn’t like the choices of foods that are being prepared by the rail network, he or she can just whip out a smart phone that got the official rail network app to order foods from a nearby city or town.
Once she ordered her foods from the app on her smart phone and when the train made the stop, the train attendances will make their way out of the train to retrieve the foods and deliver the foods to the correct passenger seats. Of course, this has to be done in 2 hour advance or so, because once the train made the stop the food deliver guy has to be there with the foods or else the train will leave. Usually, the train attendances have only 3 minute time frame to grab the foods for the passengers before the train would leave.
Now, the passengers could have a hot bowl of noodle, a hamburger, and whatnot that are available in the app’s menu. So, besides having the ability to order foods from the train itself, the passengers got another choice of ordering foods that are not being prepared by the train attendances. Since this is only a pilot program, and so the food menu is still limited with choices.
On-demand food delivery to a passenger on China’s high-speed rail is just a pilot program. The pilot program had just been rolled out for couple days so far. Since the program is only a pilot, and so many problems may need to be ironed out. For an example, what if a bowl of soup noodle got spilled, how the train attendances help the passenger clean up her seat? I bet since it’s only a pilot program, and so they could shut down the program if abuses could not be controlled. I think it’s an amazing idea. I wonder can they do the same for the airline passengers.
Biking around? Me? You must be joking! I barely even walk. It’s a sad fact, but it’s true! So it’s unimaginable for me to even think about riding a unicycle, not a bicycle mind you, across China, but Ed Pratt, 21 years of age, did it. On his YouTube channel, he made video clips of his 5000km adventure across China, by himself, on a unicycle. Check out his last 20 miles out of China, heading toward Vietnam.
If I understand correctly of what is going on in the video, then the new China’s bullet trains (launched from Beijing to Shanghai and vice versa) operate at 350 km/h. The new Beijing-Shanghai bullet trains could also reach the speed of 400 km/h. According to the speakers in the video, China first built high-speed rail system in 2004, but after 13 years China’s high-speed rail system is considered to be the longest in the world. According to Wikipedia, annual ridership for China’s high-speed rail is around or over 1.44 billion headcount. Unlike China’s earliest bullet train models, newer ones like Beijing-Shanghai bullet trains that just got launched are totally indigenously built and patented.