Chief editor and co-founder of Word Vietnam, Nick Ross was born in the humble city of London before moving to the less humble climes of Vietnam. His wanderings have taken him to definitely not enough corners of the globe, but being a constant optimist, he still has hopes.
It’s a Friday night in Qui, Trinh Lai’s latest creation, and the place is pumping. In the ground-floor lounge bar and top-end yet casual restaurant located on the premises that once housed Sin Lounge, the clientele is a mix of young 20- and 30-something Vietnamese, internationally minded foreigners not stuck on their beer, and people who like the nightclub-esque atmosphere of a club in the environs of a beautifully crafted bar.
For reasons beyond their control, some metropolises don’t survive. One such place is Pripyat in northern Ukraine. Founded in 1970 and dubbed the model Soviet city, in 1986 it was abandoned. Words and photos by Nick Ross
Two years after the war, Nick Ross visits one of the most important cities in Eastern Europe and leaves suitably impressed
Even street food goes in and out of fashion. Words by Nick Ross. Photos by Siân Kavanagh