Xin chao, Hanoi (day 2)

Like another big city, Hanoi is full of contrasts. There are many sides to the capital of Vietnam, and each of them gives bright emotions.

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In the morning the popular Hoan Kiem Lake turns into a spot of physical activities. I was surprised to see old men working out with weights. And where did they get them? Brought from their homes?

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A strong mind in a strong body.

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Vietnamese women come to the lake with motorbikes, do a group dance with music, and then carry out with their daily lives.  

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These women deserve respect at least.

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Eye of the Tiger.

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The bridge at the lake is not so crowded in the morning.

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Vietnamese people love ice-cream.

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I tried the coconut one.

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Found a shop with interesting musical instruments.

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Jam session in progress.

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Houses in Hanoi are built “inside the yard”, i.e. perpendicular to streets. In this photo there are five houses. As far as I know, this is done to minimize the cost of the real estate. 

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It never hurts stop for an exercise.

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Hanoi Opera House.

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An island of green.

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There are several big lakes in Hanoi. These are great sports for a promenade.

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I loved getting lost on a motorbike in Hanoi. This time I ended up in a cool rusty bridge across the Red River. This is the Long Bien bridge built by the French in 1902. It was never renovated since then. Local students told me it is unsafe to drive there.

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The bridge is for motorbikes only.

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View of the Red River. Chuong Duong Bridge can be seen ahead – I rode across it another day. 

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Surprisngly, I found out a party district in the middle of the Old Town. I was taken there by a local person. It felt even more crowded and crazy than in Saigon!

Cảm ơn, Hanoi!

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