Hanoi is a crazy place. It’s been a long time since I’ve feared for my life this many times in one day. I feel like I placed myself at the end of my comfort zone and Hanoi just kind of came up on me and kicked me hard in the butt.
I’ll be honest and say, that I’m not that fond of the city – yet. But I’m also fully aware that it has more to do with me feeling out of control and overwhelmed by the complete change of culture, food and sound level. People have been helpful and nice, but the guidebooks all say to “be careful or be scammed”.
At the same time I feel really bad for going around pouting when I should be happy that I’m finally here. I guess it just takes some getting used to.
In a somewhat failed attempt to calm myself down I’ve been reciting the lyrics from this Frau Frau song from the Garden State soundtrack to myself:
“So let go
so let go
oh well what you waiting for?
it’s all-right ‘
cause there’s beauty in the breakdown“
I know there’s beauty to be found in this chaos, but I seriously need to be less jet-lagged to see it.
As you can see from the pictures it wasn’t all bad. We had our first authentic bowl of street-pho and went to visit the temple of literature.
Tomorrow we are going on a 6 hour food tour with the guys from Stickyrice and I’m really looking forward to that.
We have decided to head south on Sunday morning. We really wanted to see Sapa and travel around Hanoi and the north for a while but the weather hasn’t been good up here and it looks like it’s getting worse. So instead we’ll get to see some of central Vietnam 🙂