Study the photo and tell me what you see.
Okay, you can't speak with me, so I'll imagine what you are thinking.
A street...it's a divided highway, but how could you know?
A railroad bed...unless you live in the US and don't know what a train is.
Weeds...fairly obvious, because that's what grows beside all road.
A fence/wall...if you are perceptive.
Banana trees...if you are not horticulturally challenged
A rusty pole...if you are pedantic.
I'll you in on a secret: the only significant bit is the leafy strip in the middle, directly next to the rocks of the right-of-way.
This is a prime example of the resourcefulness and thrift (and, perhaps, poverty and desperation) of the Vietnamese people. They can make a business out of anything and turn any piece of land into a farm.
Crops are planted, tended, and harvested in the sliver of dirt between the country's major rail line and the main north-south highway.
I wonder when Big Food will start consolidating these "farms"...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.