Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
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I saw many apts. and finally after I told the guys taking me around that I didn't want to see the boxy boring apts that they were showing me I finally got shown 2 that I really liked. One had the feel of an apt in Greece - right on the edge of the lake, painted white throughout, a sweet balcony looking out over the lake and an unusual shape but,... a pricey rent also. Plus I thought why live in VN and not feel like you're living in VN. I want to live with the locals as much as possible thats how you learn the language and get a true taste of Hanoi. The 2nd apt is in Cau Giay as I said and explained above. I'm seeing one more apt later and then its time to make a decision. Actually my mind is made up but the place that looks like Greece will be my backup plan if the other one falls thru.
The traffic on a motorbike is quite interesting and I recorded some video of my time on the back of the bikes with the different realtors. It looks so chaotic but there's also some kind of symbiotic syncopation going on that I think I'm figuring out - of course riding with someone and maneuvering thru it with me at the helm might be a whole 'nutha thing. Fortunately traffic moves fairly slow and it isnt too scary until you are in cross traffic, around cars and buses or maneuvering in tight streets with pedestrians and bikes going around and against you.
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