4th day in Hanoi and one of the better ones.
I had a wonderful lunch today. Tofu in tomato sauce, sauted cauliflower, and rice. Yum. My Couchsurfing host made this:
Riding around my motorbike was fun and we did explore the Vietnamese way of living life slightly on the edge.
After Aga joked about a mid road selfie, we ended up taking one. Her expression says it all:
I then found out then during the weekends (Fri-Sun), the road surrounding Kiem lake (one of the popular ones here) becomes a walking street and people just hang around and chill. There were old ladies dancing, people playing leg-badminton(?), folk songs being played, small children driving cars, ice cream shops and so much more. All by a beautiful lake. This made me wonder why people in Bangalore don’t do this? Why is there no concept of just hanging out at some place in the city and doing a bunch of random things?
Till today I thought Hanoi seemed like maybe a slightly better version of Bangalore. Better in terms of maintaining lakes and having a history and places to see, similar in terms of traffic. But this option of hanging outside definitely beats options in Bangalore.
I also noticed that people here don’t easily lose temper on the roads. There’s a lot of traffic and it’s a sea of motorbikes but people understand that with this crazy amount of traffic,there are bound to be some small incidents. So instead of shouting off on the top of their voices and being ready to pick a fight and being frustrated, they just carry on like nothing happened. Yesterday a guy lost control over his bike and the bike was almost vertical in front another bike. But 2 minutes later the street was same as before.
And bland food contest for dinner: