Knocking Off Fears
Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
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Several weeks ago when I first started back riding a motorbike I decided it would take me X amount of weeks to start riding without training wheels, so to speak (riding on traffic-less roads). So yesterday was the end of my training – I realized I wouldn't truly overcome my fear until I just did it. I felt confident on the handling portion of the bike but the true test would be actually encountering all the make believe situations I had practiced might occur. My bike was at school so I got their late morning and did some planning. Then Jin, my Singaporean friend who has been working with me on driving "safely" showed up about noon. I got on the bike and brimming with confidence I cranked up the engine and rode thru the school gates and out onto the street
The Army Museum is its actual name but I think it got nicknamed the war museum because it describes in detail the war history of Vietnam and encompasses the armed struggle of the Vietnamese people. So here are the basic facts as best as I can remember regarding the Army Museum and Flag Tower. The Army Museum displays a rather intense and interesting history of the Vietnam War under the leadership of Vietnam's communist party and of president Ho Chi Minh
The War Museum display. is primarily comprised of maps, scale models, military weapons and personal belongings of individuals associated with war and one of the nicest parts of the museum is that all the displayed items are accompanied by English translations. This I can tell you is not always the case but many museums are beginning to add a translation. A fascinating thing for me were the displays of a wide collection of military waste including a Mig fighter, anti aircraft missiles, tanks, and a remarkable heap of wreckage from a US B52 bomber, a French prop driven plane and the tank that exploded through the gates in Saigon during the battle for liberation
Once we finished climbing to the top of the Flag Tower we walked over to Highlands coffee for a cool drink. The temps here in Hanoi jumped significantly this week so many people were in shorts and t-shirts. I realized fairly quickly that the cool morning air was gone and my long sleeved shirt and jeans were too much clothing. Fortunately I wore a t-shirt underneath but a cool drink was still in order. We relaxed with cool fruit drinks and pondered the rest of our sunny & warm day.
So, one fear had been released… the beginning of a level of comfort on the motorbike. A second fear to conquer was still to come later that day.