We're packing-up and moving home to the USA from China! Now how exactly do we do that…?
The last day or so of our trip we spent in Hanoi wandering about, doing some last minute touristy shopping, and eating…a lot of eating. We also got to see a friend who is currently living in Hanoi and she hooked us up with a Vietnamese stone massage and showed us around in the evening to a good eel place and bar.
I was waiting for David to go back across the bridge and get us tickets (while I took some pictures) and he was apparently stopped and asked for a picture with a Vietnamese girl. I wondered why it took him ~10 minutes to get tickets when there wasn’t a line across the bridge and it turns out he took turns having his picture taken with several different Vietnamese or Chinese girls (in the end he was not sure which). He guessed their ages could have been between high school and our age, but honestly had no idea and got very uncomfortable by the end. As I have mentioned before, getting pictures with locals is a common occurrence in China. He may have been spared this experience had I walked up with him, but then you wouldn’t be looking at this fascinating picture of the entrance!
One day I plan to take a class here in China to learn to paint some of the characters. It was fun to watch how the brush strokes give it even more “character” (no pun intended). This one means happy/lucky, and shares that meaning with the same Chinese character I believe.
And thus ends our journey through Vietnam. Until next time.