18.01.2011 - 20.01.2011 7 °C
We have arrived in Vietnam, eager to find out if the rumors were true: they have proper bread here. It is true and a welcome change from rice and noodles for breakfast. Thank god from the French colonial rule!
We flew into Hanoi, the capital city, to find that the other rumor was true: it was really cold! Especially when you have arrived from Thailand. This was not helped by our hotel “fixing” the massive gap in our window by stuffing bin liners in the space.
On the way from the airport we saw some interesting luggage on the back of one of the motorbikes. It was a big pile of BBQd dogs, no doubt on there way to the specialist restaurants- staying away from that quarter! Instead we opted for some traditional Vietnamese in the form of a hot pot. A hotpot is when they bring you a pot of stock and a little cooker, you then put noodles, vegetables and fish in to cook in the broth, similar to a fondue without the cheese. It was delicious!
We really enjoyed wondering the streets of Hanoi which has been decorated in anticipation of the forthcoming “Tet” or new year. It will be the year of the rabbit in a couple of weeks time. This seems fitting given some of the nocturnal habits of our fellow dorm residents, but less said about that the better.
Crossing the road was quite an experience, but having been to Delhi we were professionals and nodded patronizingly at the fresh untainted tourists as we confidently strode out in front of 25 on-coming mopeds, two cars and truck.
I think we are going to like Vietnam....