We made it to country #5 – Vietnam! Shockingly, the first thing I thought when we got in the cab bound for our hostel is this guy is driving on the wrong side of the road. In Vietnam, they actually drive on the American side of the road, which leads me to think I’m going to be a horrible driver when I’m back stateside. Also, we are both starting to think mainly in the metric system and Celsius.
After getting settled in our dorm room double bed top bunk (that’s right…we decided to go cheap, share a bed and only pay $6/night), we ventured down to the hostel bar so I could make my NFL Pick 7 picks and try our first local Bia Hanoi beer. Now, I hadn’t planned on going out that night but we’d been away from the hostel lifestyle for a few weeks, so I forgot how easy it is to get sucked into the fun.
(first Bai Hanoi; Hanoi Backpackers Hostel lobby; me & Danielle; bar night one)
The next day, we ate. A lot. Then tooled around town, visiting the Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton). Now, my history of the Vietnam War is real rusty, but I’m pretty sure there’s a definite Vietnamese spin on the museum in regards to the Vietnam War section. Touring the prison and looking at the photos of Americans held there during the war was confusing because it made it seem as though they were having the grandest of times, playing checkers and volleyball. (Danielle and I had a long conversation about whether or not this was the case, but I don’t think it was all fun and games)
(streets of Hanoi)
One of our favorite pastimes since arriving in Vietnam is making as many dong currency jokes as possible. I know, I know…we are twelve year old children. But, it does provide hours and hours of laughter.
(with a mouthful of chicken fried rice; me with 4 million dong; Danielle with 4 million dong)
That night we decided to check out Thang Long, a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Below is my favorite puppet from the lobby display.