Just goes to show what a difference a day makes. You may or may not remember that just yesterday I took shelter in a historic site while the thunder and lightning show went on. Today it was absolutely beautiful out so seeing that after my morning coffee and bagel, I decided it was time to go forth with the camera and see those things that I could see by turning down whatever streets presented themselves. Here are a few pictures from the day’s efforts and a fine day was had by me and my Fuji X series buddy!
Its a Sunday evening here in Hanoi. My last Sunday here so I want to get out each day when the weather permits or even not and get the city shots and the travel shots I like to do.
I still have one bucket list item to do which is farther away. I am going to see my friends in the coffee shop tomorrow and ask them to help me a bit with getting there. If they will get a cab, I will pay less I think :-).
Its amazing now that the next steps are right there for me. When I got to Hanoi I figured the 3 months would be a slow moving thing but it never is. I have figured out that staying at least a month in places affords the opportunity to see more and relax. You don’t worry about the time left so much or squeezing more into each day. One of the bus tour operators told me the other day to take their hop on-hop off tour. I told her there was no reason to because I had already walked to all the places they offered.
So my pitch to you all is to consider spending longer times at places if you can. I think what happens when you slow down the travel is you get that feeling that tomorrow is good enough most days. But unfortunately what happens is you get down to the bucket list days like I am. When early Thursday morning gets here, I will clear out of the room and fly off to Hong Kong for some days. New opportunities to photograph one of the most photogenic cities so I will do the usual stuff I do. Hanoi has been great. People wonderful, food fantastic, life here invigorating, and the trips to Halong Bay, Hoi An, and Hue have been fantastic. The day tours are a thing I would do again. I could not have seen the imperial tombs or the Trang an grottos and the largest Pagoda in Vietnam.
So maybe when you are heads down planning and your calendar looks good consider Vietnam. Then consider staying longer. Walk the city. See the things. I have become enriched by degrees by spending longer times here.