Hanoi culture shock

After the wonderful clean streets of super polite Japan and the clear blue skies of Seoul, I have to admit that Hanoi was a bit of a culture shock!

Hot, sweaty, noisy, busy, polluted – motorcycles whizzing around you everywhere, horns beeping. People trying to sell you stuff, offering to give you rides on their motorbikes or rickshaws…  Life definitely happens in the streets here.

Here are some first impressions from the day of my arrival.

Hanoi streets and traffic

Hanoi streets

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Dinner with my boyfriend and travel companion for the next two weeks! Some Spanish tourist took this photo and captured kind of a weird moment. We weren’t quite ready yet with our smiley photo poses but actually I think this is quite a good reflection of how we felt on that first day. Errr… confused!

Dinner in Hanoi

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5 thoughts on “Hanoi culture shock

  1. Melli

    Haha. You guys look as if someone sat you down on a children’s table. I hope you de-confused over the course of the trip.

    Reply
    1. hellorabea Post author

      Haha all tables are so small in these street restaurants in Hanoi! Maybe they can’t afford bigger ones. And yes, I certainly felt a lot more de-confused by the time we were cruising Halong Bay. Need to write a post about it soon!

      Reply
  2. Barbara

    I’m loving keeping up with your travels. Great photos to match your experiences. Cold hairy leaves to wrap BBQ food in is sticking in my mind for some reason!

    I’ve missed you, looking forward to catching up very soon

    Bx

    Reply

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