Hanoi, the blusting capital

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
Trip End Jul 22, 2008

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Thu Giang Guesthouse

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

So finally arrived in Hanoi at aboot 11pm after a long day of buses and debacles and the day before of waiting... but it's all good. In hindsight i enjoyed the experience and spending that time in the wee village to see what local living is like.

Anyways so without anymore problems (which i was expecting, to get dropped off anywhere or charged more money, etc) David and I grabbed a taxi and found a room quite quickly....grabbed a midnight snack/dinner. Woke up the next day to see what Hanoi really looked like in daylight - very busy and blusting, motorbikes driving everywhere and motorbike guys offering your a ride on every corner... you take your life in your into own hands when crossing the street, there's traffic lights that no one adheres to...street vendors everywhere, ladies sitting on the street selling fruit/veg, drinks, tea, meals. There's a handful a lakes amidst the city which is lovely, nice to see some nature in the city even if it is manmade.

I didn't get up to too much as i just wandered around, watched people, took pictures, sat on my balcony in this alleyway watching the locals carry on with their everyday life as we all do. I stumbled across this large park where all the locals use it as playground for tai chi, jogging, stretching, many badminton games going on and phys. ed classes from the schools use it as their track and field area.... lovely area to sit and watch. I seem to sit and watch a lot...it's great though..to observe how people everywhere live similar lives yet in many different ways... if that makes sense.

I went to see the infamous 'Water Puppets' that i heard so much from other travelers...it's exactly as it sounds - puppets above the water and the puppeteers in the water, it was quite funny and cute.

Only 2 days spent in Hanoi as i'm gonna move quite swiftly through Vietnam as i'm just not feeling it and fully appreciating for what it has to offer thusfar...hopefully there will be more to look forward to...keep an open mind eh!
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