Days 37 and 40. Hanoi Highlights

Some highlights from 2 days in the capital:

  • Water Puppet Show. The best part was watching two phoenixes inappropriately dance and produce an egg. It was like watching two UChicago Phoenixes awkwardly ask each other out.
  • Talking English. Near the lake in town, three Vietnamese university students approached us and asked to practice their English on camera for a homework assignment. I almost fell over laughing when the topic they were required to discuss was whether falling in love while at university was a good idea.
  • Ho Chi Minh Complex. We didn’t see the body of Ho Chi Minh, but the museum was intriguing.
  • Old Quarter. While the old quarter in Hanoi pales in comparison to that in Hoi An, it did offer one key item of amusement: specialty shops. My favorites were the tape store, the rope store, and the mannequin store.
  • Temple of Literature. This was the first national university, and honors Confucius and other scholars.

-SMC, 8/20

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Stained Glass Window, St. Joseph Cathedral

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Rope Store/Sailor’s Heaven

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Old Town

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Picture with University Students, per their request

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Huc Bridge, Hoan Kiem Lake

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Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake

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Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Temple of Literature

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Temple of Literature

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Ho Chi Minh (looks in better shape than the animatronic Harold Washington at Du Sable…)

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Obligatory Tree Hugger Pose (the tree was wet, hence the hesitancy)

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