Saturday, 30 January 2010
The first day in town was spent exploring almost everywhere, from the beautiful lake to the massive Long Bien Bridge. Due to the fact that Hanoi is such a maze to find yourself again when you're lost, the lake is a very welcome orientation point! It's our second day here and we can now find our way back to the hostel without a map! Success! But every avenue looks the same to us. Signs in Tieng Viet, hoards of nifty mopeds with the occasional car or truck trying to barge through and small fires that the locals make to burn their litter. The coals are aerated by electric fans that locals place on the pavements anywhere they like and, of course, it's up to us to watch out for the leads in case we trip over! At the same time there are motorbikes parked, and sometimes even moving, on the pavements.