Arriving in Hanoi

 Posted by Laurie Kanefsky at 9:50 pm  Vietnam
Jul 282013

After a long journey that was not nearly as exhausting as I had thought it would be I arrived in Hanoi thus morning.  The drive from the airport defies description.  I can tell you that it is a combination of cars, motor scooters, bicycles, and pedestrians.  No traffic lights and a seemingly free for all in every direction.  And if you have ever driven in a car where I am a passenger you can imagine how I was feeling.  When I got to the hotel everything was good.  My room was ready and I was very warmly welcomed.  I had expected Hahn to be meeting me here but instead Hoai came to orient me.  I was at first confused but realized very quickly this was going to be an amazing day and I was not disappointed. She said she would take me to get a phone and to the travel agency and exchange money and do some sight seeing.  We went outside and she handed me a helmut.  YES, I spent the day on the back of a motor scooter being driven by Hoai, a beautiful 21 year old recent university graduate.  It was incredible.  We went to the oldest university in Hanoi which is now preserved as a tourist attraction.  I took many pictures that I hope I will be able to figure out how to share with you.  That’s all for today.


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