Vietnam: Hanoi

Hello friends!

After a wonderful and very relaxed summer in the States, I have ventured back out into the world.

The school asked us to come back early for three days of meetings, immediately followed by a 10 day vacation.  Though I would’ve loved more time at home, I can’t say it’s a bad way to start the school year!

With a few friends, I headed to Vietnam for the time off, starting in Northern Vietnam and then heading down to the southern portion.  I absolutely loved the Vietnamese people – what a friendly and welcoming culture!  There is very little English to go around, but definitely plenty of smiles and laughter.

When our original plan to take a cruise through Halong Bay was temporarily thwarted by a typhoon, we had an extra day to walk around Hanoi (the capital of Vietnam).  Hanoi is an interesting but beautiful mix of new and old.  One thing I noticed was that everyone seemed to be either working or playing.  We observed many people at work, but also many others playing badminton in the park, grandfathers with their grandchildren, couples sitting along the lake to watch the sunset.

Take a peek at this fascinating city!

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Look who we found peeking out of our dinner!

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And last but not least – the impressive innovative techniques utilized in Vietnam:

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