Throwback to wearing one of my favourite dresses in one of my favourite places #hoian . ☺️ I am off to explore a bit of the U.K. This weekend, what are your plans❓😚 ______________________________________________
Hanoi has been so much and then some, and most days it feels like I’m living in a completely different world. Over the past two weeks I felt like I had at least familiarized myself with my neighborhood, the Hoan Kiem area, but Saturday opened my eyes to so much more. Getting to spend the day motorbiking around, in and out of town, getting a backstreets tour of Hanoi was incredible.
From driving along the river, through banana trees and seeing a floating village, to sitting on Vietnam’s oldest bridge, to zooming through some of the tightest alleys in the history of alleys and ending up at Hanoi’s black market, to tasting traditional Vietnamese wedding cake and being poured a same-day fresh Bia Hoi beer, this experience was definitely one for the books 📖
I’ve come to learn that there are so many factors that influence your experience of a particular place. I first came to Hanoi four months ago, and if I’m being completely honest I hated the city. It was cold, the air pollution was awful, the sun didn’t come out the entire time I was here, and I feared for my life every time I crossed the street. That combined with the fact that I had just spent the previous 3 months in Chiang Mai, a place that had begun to feel like home, and it’s easy to see why I had a negative experience in Hanoi. I had no plans to ever return to Hanoi, but I’m really glad that I gave it a second chance. While it’s not a place I would necessarily want to spend an extended amount of time, I have developed a much greater appreciation for the city and its many charms. Thank you to @tdocproc for showing me this other side of Hanoi and giving me a place to call home here✨