What’s up? How’s the week been? I feel so far from you, ha! :)
Writing an update from the Vietnam trip, from our hotel in Hanoi. Hanoi is a pretty populous city, and there are SO many people. What’s so incredible is that everyone is really just 'in the flow', and you don’t feel stressed at all by the amount of people in an area. It's more like a community.
The main method of transportation is the motorbike, and few people have cars except for transporting goods or if you’re wealthy/a government official. So, you see literally hundreds of motorbikes whizzing by. Honking like crazy, but everyone is calm and not angered by the amount of people in the way or going all sorts of crazy directions. In America, if you honk, you’re pissed basically and need to get someone’s attention, ha, not here!
The people here are so friendly and gracious and polite I can’t even believe it. You feel safe, and our guide told us that if you were to rob someone or steal, the community would get behind the victim, and seek out the person who committed the crime. Like a community that stands for good in a way.
You can see the effects of the war still, and remembering that it opened back up for tourism in 2000 (thanks Bill Clinton) there hasn’t been tourists for THAT long. It’s not clean, and lots of it isn’t ‘pretty’ but text book standards, but when you to major popular cities in the world, that often happens.
What’s fascinating to me is the vibe and feel of the people and how they interact. Seeing how communism plays in as well. There’s lots of abandoned half way built buildings, where people lost the capital to finish, and gave up. There are places where, you’d think, this is INCREDIBLE and that in the United States, so many entrepreneurs or business would eat this alive and build, build, build, but here they can’t afford that. Not saying one is better, just an observation.
Also, everyone here wears masks because of the pollution problem in the city. Which is truly heartbreaking to think about. Globally, we need to get serious about taking care of our environment, because there should never be a place where you have to wear a mask to survive because we’re polluting the air so much and destroying the land. They also LOVE karaoke, which is amazing. But you have to be ‘serious’ when doing it, and ‘joking’ karaoke is not permitted – LOL.
We spent two nights on a boat in Ha Long Bay, which is what you see in most pictures, and what you saw in my photograph that I posted in my Vietnam packing guide previously. It’s where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, obvi. It’s breathtaking, truly. You’re amidst giant tree covered rocks in the water, like statues. There are monkeys climbing and swinging from the tops, and it’s just super majestic.
Basically – if you’re in Vietnam this is 100% a must-do.
It’s been cloudy, which is a bummer, but I think if it was really nice it would make me explode. We did a kayak trip and a cave exploration which was crazy. They had colored lights shining everywhere so it was like a party cave, which is HILARIOUS.
I’m trying to learn more about the religion and culture, so I can speak intelligently to the people here. But, that takes time, ya know?
Oh yeah, and the food! So if you know me you know I like to eat like protein bars, avocado toast and juices all day basically. I’m truly the worst. So in a new environment, shit doesn’t go over too well. Being vegan is impossible basically and vegetarian is super hard. Secretly hoping to shed some lbs. with lack of interest in the fare, hehe.
I’m keeping up when I have Wi-Fi on snap (@hundredblog) and Instagram (@hundredblogla) so definitely follow along. Also so I can follow you! There is some crazy stuff to snap here, truly.
Some photos, which I am so happy with the photography opportunities here – insane!
Have you guys been to Vietnam? Or anywhere in Asia? What did you think? Also any tips for me, let me know! You guys know everything!
Can’t wait to have a proper catch up soon!