I have been working on seriously getting lost in Hanoi and not pulling my phone out to look at Google Maps until some number of left and right turns go by. I’m convinced that for capturing daily things here its best to just pick a direction and then wander. Today I did have a goal to reach the area around the Presidential Palace and explore. It seemed like I would be able to walk about 5 or 6 miles total given some routes I had found. Little did I know my propensity for getting completely turned around. I did establish a few landmarks to help me like the Hanoi Water Tower which is a landmark site in Hanoi and the palace area. That was just to help me focus on getting to a point though.
There is so much to see in Hanoi and I am so glad to have the time here to be able to hopefully say,
I gave it my best shot!
But the photography today was good too. I saw wide open streets, foggy lakes, and historic sites. Really an excellent day. Ended up back the same restaurant and lounge right on Hoan Kiem Lake for beers.
Without further ado here are a few things I saw today as I worked at getting lost part of the day and then getting found as the time was getting closer to 4pm.
I feel fortunate and thankful I secured a longer tourist Visa even if I have to leave half-way and go to Hong Kong for some days. I wanted to slow the pace down and not do the usual three days and out I have done before. Now the days seem to go by as if on wings and next thing I know I am at the usual place by the lake for beers and some people watching. Its fun to watch the other tourists as they speed by. Perhaps they only have a week or so here. Maybe their time is limited to only seeing a few of the sights here. I wonder if they wander the city with no real goal in mind or if the travel has them hemmed in with only a flight to come and a well-planned agenda.
I particularly wanted away from that so having these months of careful exploration or sometimes sleeping late and having a leisurely Hanoi Egg Coffee is a wondrous thing.
Tonight a new place close to my hotel for dinner and perhaps a beer there. Then back to relax in the peace and quiet of the room. I get tired at night as these old legs put on 5 to 7 miles each day of wandering.