Hanoi Old Quarter Hotel
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Hoa La prison was very interesting. It was where the French colonials held Vietnamese rebels/political prisoners and normal criminals from the 1890s to the 1950s, after that it was where the Northern Vietnamese held American Pilots who were shot down during the Vietnam War, notably John McCain for 5 years. The conditions of the prison looked pretty grim in the old days when the French were in control, although how it was displayed was hilariously biased, ...
... the thing about Vietnam, weather can become polar opposite in a matter of 20 minutes. When I entered the museum it was sunny. Exiting the museum it started pouring rain. I ran for shelter across the street from the Opera House at a little coffee shop where I took refuge with a bunch of foreign guys. After striking some conversation, I learned that they were all from New Zealand, my future home! I was a bit excited to talk with them and ask them questions. ...
... working in the rice fields helping to farm rice. We walked to the waterfall in Cat Cat which was very pretty. There are water buffaloes everywhere around Sapa as they are used in the rice farming to pull some of the machinery. It's a bit scary though as they are huge and often not chained, just walking along the road! The black h'mong people also try to sell just about anything and everything to you when you try to walk somewhere. It's a constant chant of "lady buy from me", "why you ...
... photos , the locals come to jog, exercise and just enjoy sitting in this park.
Again markets , markets and more markets. The hustle and bustle and colorfullness is somewhat crazy , but fun and entertaining, If you don’t own a piece of vending space , you just move with it or find some sidewalk space and park yourself down. We enjoyed a glass of freshly squeezed sugar cane. It is extremely yummy and supposed ...
... left and right and left.
Then there was a slope. The ever-famous-trail-of-death-slope. We looked at it and thought, 'Oh this is okay. We can do this one!"
We went down ...