April 1st – Evening in Hanoi
Life happens on the streets and sidewalks in Hanoi.
Many items are for sale – in fact you can buy just about anything.
One of the most common items is FOOD, which comes in many shapes, forms, flavors and options.
I was starting to think my name was money, as I was greeted with, “hello, Money” over and over by local children. This women simply looked at me and rubbed her fingers together as her friend laughs while I snapped their picture.
The buildings are very narrow, and it is not unusual to see them seven stories high. We saw several examples of current construction where another floor was simply added on the top of an existing building with seemingly little or no pre-planning or reinforcements done. And yes, occasionally you saw one crumbling or leaning precariously to the side.
You can get a hair cut:
Or get married…
Or stage a peaceful protest (as long as no one catches you that is):
But the sidewalks truly come alive as the sun sets. A place where families and friends gather to cook food or share a meal, smoke a cigarette, or catch up on the days activities.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we had this evening to walk the streets and get more of the pulse of the city. During the day, we noticed it was difficult to walk on the sidewalks because of all the motorbikes parking there. But in the evening the sidewalks became a substitute for the local bar, your living room, dining room or social club.
And a very sincere THANK YOU to all of you who follow our journey. Your comments, questions, and encouragement mean the world to us!