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large_938978_14283276908560.jpgToday was...hectic. We left from Amsterdam, first to Hong Kong airport. Never been there so when we landed and stepped out of the plane after 10 hours, i was like...whoa...where am i supposed to go. But eventually, after quite a bit of walking, a trainride, and a bus ride, we were at the right gate.

After an hour of waiting we could board the plane...unfortunately when everybody was seated, an electronic problem was detected that couldn't be solved. So everybody out again. We switched gates and had another two hour waiting time before we could leave. Fortunately everything was ok this time, so after another couple of hours we landed safely in Hanoi. Where it was cloudy, no sun yet...

We found the rest of our group at the airport and headed for our hotel.large_938978_14283276687132.jpgAn example of the many electricity wires throughout the city.I didn't sleep much on the flight so pretty tired, but i still had some hours to go.

Well of course, we took a city tour after about an hour to freshen up a bit. When we were walking to the hotel traffic was explained a little. Which simply states; watch out and keep walking on the same pace, don't start running. Cars, busses and millions of motorbikes, they do not stop. Ever. No red lights, no pedestrian crossings or whatever, they're just funny decoration. So when walking across, walk slowly and keep your hand out a bit to create some space. It needed some gettig used to. Next was a tour by a sort of bike taxi. It was funny, and sometimes scary since we weren't prepared fo so much traffic on the road, from left and right and front and back, and all at once.And then there was the traffic/gas smell.large_938978_14283276867173.jpgOne of many women we saw carrying heave loads in the baskets.I fully understand now why they wear those caps over their nose and mouth. It really stinks! Tough to breathe sometimes. But the tour was a great way to ride through Hanoi, to see the city and a few highlights. The city is really nice despite the heavy traffic, realy different from other cities.

Hanoi is an old city, and even though much has been rebuild after all the wars still quite a few old buildings are still standing. Because of the high humidity the buildings have a old look about them too, dark stains on the walls, and then there's the electricitywires just hanging everywhere.

Whe we got back we had dinner, our first real Vietnamese dinner. Absolutely lovely, a lot of different dishes; meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, it all tasted great. And it was a good end of a very long day.


Posted by Astreia 17:00 Archived in Vietnam

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