30 Photos 30 Days: #14

The View from Here

The View From Here

At the moment, my bedroom is in an attic (called gác in Vietnamese), and this is the view from the window, which consists of two slots like this, side by side.  I like it up in my room in the rafters. I can hear everything going in the house and the neighbourhood. I can look down over a railing to see who is at my front door, and I can find solitude while surrounded by people.

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About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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8 Responses to 30 Photos 30 Days: #14

  1. sueborgersen says:

    Wonderful composition in this one Chris – very tactile and atmospheric. Love it.

  2. Sounds like the perfect spot to write a spy story. The light is so warm and inviting, makes me wish I could sit there with a cup of tea and listen along with you. Beautiful shot 🙂

  3. Is there no glass in your window? Seems unbelievable as we shiver here in sub zero temperatures that others can live in houses without what we would regard as ‘proper’ windows.

    • chris says:

      Until a few years ago, we had only shutters. Now only the attic windows are open, but if it gets really cold, we block them off. The rest of the time, they’re so small, they serve as ventilation. I find it amazing that so many people here not only have no glass but leave shutters and doors open in cold, rainy weather.

  4. Jennifer says:

    so beautiful, love just the glimpse of the outside, and what lovely roof tiles

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