February 3, 2009

Day 019 : Hanoi

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! That's 'Happy New Year' in Vietnamese! This morning when I hit the streets it was completely silent! Everyone was at home celebrating the first day of the new year. It was actually quite nice...the streets were peaceful, no one saying 'Madame, Motobike, Motobike' at every street corner. Even the markets were empty. For me being able to see Hanoi in such a rare state was quite special...

In the afternoon Chi was kind enough to involve me in a Vietnamese New Year Tradition : A visit to the Buddhist Temple. We went to three different temples in the afternoon. This one was my favorite:

Another intriguing alleyway on the walk home - There are so many!

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