No one told me Hanoi would be wet, foggy and cold?
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Hanoi was wet and cold. This was quite a shock to my system after spending over two months wearing shorts and sandals in south India and SE Asia. But, it actually felt good to "feel" wintertime for a moment. In my normal life, I would be in San Francisco right now waiting for rainy days so I could jam up to Tahoe for fresh powder days.
Originally I wanted to spend a lot of time in Vietnam and follow the coastline from north to south. But, I changed my plan and decided to work in an orphanage in the south - which meant I had no time to explore the country. But, I arranged to spend some time in Hanoi before volunteering.
I wanted to come here to see Halong Bay and the Perfume Pagoda.
Wandering around Hanoi was fascinating. The traffic was quite amazing to see. Thousands and thousands of motorbikes packed every street and every alley. Cars were minimal in comparison.
Since it was my birthday, I splurged on a $40/night hotel room that was one of the nicest I've stayed at in my life. I had a huge flat-screen TV and a computer in my room! Nice. It felt like home. So, I stayed 5 days. I start my orphanage experience this week. I wonder what lies ahead....