The luck of the Irish
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March 17th, 2007 – by: Glock3am
As for me, I've only ever known it as a day to wear something green and get blind drunk...
St. Patrick's Day 2007 was no exception...
Getting up early in the morning we decided to set off and experience Hanoi by day.
And here it was. Time to be mobbed by countless hawkers, a part of the tourist
experience which has both positives and negatives.
You may find a bargain if you want it, but more often than not it's a nuisance.
Nevertheless it didn't take us long to develop an effective shake of the hand which convinced most vendors
there was going to be no sale with us that day!
We began by cruising around the Hoan Kiem Lake area, checking out various monuments and the scenery.
Then a random wandering through various side streets brought us to the wreckage of a B52 bomber, something I had read about in a guidebook and wanted to see, which made a welcome surprise!
After a full day of roaming around and seeing the Temple of Literature among other things we got back in time for the start of a massive St. Patty's Day party being put on by the hostel crew.
It was a festive atmosphere as people from many different nations came together and enjoyed each other's company with food, drink, song and dance...
Song and dance you say? Yes, we even had a decent Irish contingent who banded together to sing the quintessential Irish song, Molly Malone, followed by a dance contest - Ireland vs. The World, which, sadly for us, Ireland won with an impressive rendition of a jig.
Things were proceeding quite messily as we all stumbled to the Hanoi Towers where a bar was showing a big rugby match between Ireland and Italy...not much more to say really, Ireland won, drinks were flowing and then we stumbled back to the hostel once the bar closed...all in all, a huge day!
Cheers, St. Patrick!
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