Much smaller update this time around. Our 2 day adventure (mostly) walking around Hanoi. Did the whole tourist deal, ate a bunch of yummy foodssSss, and recovered from climbing Mt. Fansipan only to get our beasts on the following days on Cat Ba.
|I'm amazed how I got such a clear picture while walking by. Slick.|
|It was only a matter of time...|
|He got herded onto the bridge...|
|And all these lovely people got to take a photo with an authentic white man!|
|Bún thịt nướng, somewhere in my top 5.|
|SON CHAU! BOO!|
|We decided to wait on the hot pot for a bit...|
|Tofu, squid, I forgot, and Morning Glory with garlic.|
|Yep, you're seeing that right.|
|Oh, my! O Mai!|
|Vietnam Museum of Ethnology: Exhibit on HIV in VN|
|Guess what this is and I'll send you something special.|
I'm not usually a fan of museums, but I had a wonderful time at this one. The following exhibit on recyclers was really eye-opening. I see these women everyday walking up and down the streets, digging through bins and bags, and don't really give much thought to their stories.
I didn't take too many photos of the exhibit, but you can get the gist with the following info from the photos. The artist also replicated a room of a boarding house where these women and their family stay. Quite mind-boggling how they manage to fit their lives into a 3x3ft room (often shared with a spouse.) Just really puts into perspective the life of excess and comfort most people like me have grown accustomed to. #firstworldproblems, tinmai.
Hip Hop exhibit documenting one of Hanoi's bboy crew.
|They got the right idea. |
I was looking to cop a spot as well, but they swooped up all the good benches.
|First thing that popped into my mind: Taylor Swift.|
Miniature models of different Hmong tribes' houses.
|Marriage by capture...what?|
|I snapped quite a few photos of phrases I had never read/heard of before to Google them later.|
After all that walking, time to eat! Bánh bèo!! Also in my top 5.
|Bánh nậm, my gooooooodness! I hadn't had this in years.|
Another reason why Huế food is topsssSss.
|Temple of Literature|
I came in expecting to see a collection of books or writing or something. Silly me.
|I've been spotted!|
|Who sets out all these drums only to forbid drum-beating? Tease.|
|Nerd meet-up. Only missing Andre Nguyen.|
|A lot of dressed up gals came through to have their photos taken.|
|Rhona thought they were quite attractive, so she begged me to snap some secret photos.|
|Solution to solving litter problem? Being firm, but gentle. Thank you!|
|Chillin' by the lake, watching the fish, um, float by.|
|Dessert: fruit, ice, coconut milk, and a shit ton of condensed milk!|
|No, I was not mocking an ethnic group. Rhona's brilliant Oreo face-race.|
|Step 1: Twist an Oreo in half.|
Step 2: Stick the creamy side to your forehead.
Step 3: Wiggle and contort your face in anyway you want and try to move the Oreo to your mouth.
Step 4: If successful, EAT! WIN! If it falls off, DQ'd!
|Losers lick off remaining cream on the winner's face.|
|According to Mimi Pham, Anthony Bourdain really dug this place.|
|Phở tái chín (rare steak & brisket). No joke, it was half noodle and half meat. |
A bit much for my liking, but it was good. Still prefer the southern version with all the herbs, bean sprouts, and tương (sauce).
|Happy Birthday, Sister! It's in the mail.|
And that's it for today. Part III, Cat Ba coming soon.