Good Morning Vietnam
Trip Start Sep 03, 2005
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The next day we returned to harbour and the captain performed a miracle in parking, he parted a row of about 20 huge boats by pushing his right through the middle, Moses could not have done any better
I think I fell in love with Vietnam from my first experiences, it was hectic, vibrant and alive. Everybody was doing 'something', it didn't seem to matter what. On arriving in Hanoi our first lesson was in crossing the road, our local guide told us that if we waited for a break in the traffic we would wait on the same side of the road forever. The technique in crossing was simple, take a deep breath and just step out into the traffic, walk slowly, at a steady pace and cross to the other side. After a while you even forgot about looking at the traffic, everything just seemed to flow around you, I even tested this out by crossing about 6 lanes of traffic with my eyes shut (purely in the name of research, and having had a 'couple' of beers), and I am obviously still here to tell the tale. The method certainly worked with motorbikes, but we were warned, four wheels or more and we had to be a little more cautious!
Hanoi was a great city, went to visit Uncle Ho in his final resting place, there were hundreds of local people and children filing past his body with us, making the pilgrimage to see him.