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Fishermen and Fish

Ha Noi

June 1st 2014
When we arrived in Hanoi it was raining, which was welcome after the heat we'd experienced in Luang Prabang. Plus it gave the city a freshly scrubbed look just in time for us to take to the streets. The traffic in Hanoi overwhelmed us at first. It's a big, busy city full of people with places to go and things to do. But after a few hours we fell back into step and realized we really liked this nor ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi

Vietnamese Flag The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
3rd June 2014

Nice blend
What a great blend of the old--narrow alleys and water puppets, and the new--a Spanish restaurant and the internet. With all the changes, how lucky that you've gotten to see the city before there are lots of high-rises. Scary about China's aggressiveness and the Vietnamese taking it out on their Chinese residents. So amazing all the little aggressions all over the world that we're not even aware of, and glad you didn't get caught in it.
7th June 2014

Thanks Tara
Yes, it's kind of surreal receiving an email from the Consulate and reading the news here but also very eye-opening. The more we talk with people about it, the more we learn about the history between these two countries and the personal opinions of the people that live here. It was another lesson that my personal perspectives are so skewed and narrow for the most part.

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