Back while ago I visited Hanoi on a business trip. We were there about 10 days and I got to take an all day tour which kinda focused on old town and some crafts there. The old town is a fascinating so many block square section of town. It has that “crossing over” feeling to it like you have gone from new to old with just steps to do it.
I really loved how the streets combined in the old town with small shops and businesses crowded together with winding streets, cars, and bicycles sharing.
We chose a cycloped tour of the old town.
Old town was like a mix of fast moving emotions all crowding in with sights, smells, and sounds that greet you.
Its one of those places you cannot see in a day or a cycloped tour yet you do it anyways and you jostle with the cars and pedestrians and the street hawkers.
What I was left with years later is this feeling that down any of the streets of old town I would have seen an amazing sight but due to the limitations of the tour, I would never do it. It seems I felt this way on my walking tours as well. No matter how many streets I walked in Tokyo or Sydney, the next street over was a mystery.
I do mark the places for my big 2018 trip as a place to get back to. Now more than ever, I will leave this place. I don’t like the politics and the changes and the far less that the US has to offer. I need to walk far shores and find something new. Or something old.
Something old in old Hanoi.