Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. – John Ruskin
An important lesson that most people learn from traveling is that you have to embrace whatever weather you face in your destination. Traveling as semi-backpackers this time, we simply did not have enough time to wait for the rainbow after the storm. Unfortunately, our two days in Hanoi was full of rainstorm which only made sightseeing much more difficult.
We tried, though, to avoid the rainstorm. The storm was going to hit the Hanoi-Ha Long Bay area on the same day, so we chose to see Ha Long Bay first before the storm comes in. So luckily, we got to see Ha Long bay in a misty weather, but in sacrifice, we couldn’t avoid the rain in Hanoi.
Oh well, that’s the ugly truth of voyaging. You just gotta embrace your destination in rain.
Mom chose to stay in hotel while I chose to go all out – because traveling in this destination could be once in a life time thing. There’s often no going back.
The capital of Vietnam is rather a smaller city compared to Ho Chi Minh, often referred to as Saigon (blog coming soon!) Though the French had left footprints here too, architectures resemble more of what my mom referred to as the “old Canton,” or rather the old south China region architecture. Stores are narrow and deep, cables overcast across buildings to buildings like a net over the sidewalk, and apartments are designed with balconies where people hang clothes and stage plants.
In Hanoi, temples can be easily found behind narrow alleyways or in between residential buildings. They are quiet and sacred, providing a silent zone in the capitals hustle bustle – there are countless number of motorcycles in Hanoi that the horn ringing can be overwhelming sometimes.
At the end of the day, I found Ngon Villa restaurant, a fine Vietnamese dining with spectacular décor.
The food in Vietnam is pretty damn amazing. Pho noodle soup is an amalgamation of a broth prepared for hours, the most delicately processed rice noodle, and toppings of slices of chicken or beef. These Pho are available everywhere at any time, and even hotel breakfast serves rice noodle soup like no others!
The French also left their flavor of food in Vietnam. The duck I ordered in Ngon Villa is quite like the seared duck in Paris, though the duck itself is boney and skinny. Also, people in Vietnam love love love baguettes! We will talk about it in my vlog!
So, a fine dinner ends my day in Hanoi! Next – look out for a travel vlog this afternoon as well as a a blog about Saigon!