Monthly Archives: January 2011

Hanoi Miscellany

The posted rules at Hoa Lo prison (the “Hanoi Hilton”).  Notice #3. Two gentlemen having a smoke in the Ho Chi Minh Museum.  Notice the sign on the wall. Getting my haircut on the street.  You can see the traffic … Continue reading

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Halong Bay

Yesterday we took a boat ride on Halong Bay.  The 2000 limestone rocks jutting out of the water create a unique natural setting.

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Historic Sites in Hanoi

During our tour of Hanoi we visited Hoa Lo Prison, better known as the “Hanoi Hilton,” that held American POWs during the Vietnam War.  Before the Vietnam War, the French had used the same facility for incarcerating Vietnamese dissidents. The … Continue reading

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Motorbikes

The streets of Vietnam are filled with motorbikes, cars, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians.  The traffic can be very, very intimidating for visitors.  Often the only way to cross a street is to wade into the mass of vehicles and let … Continue reading

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The Electrical Grid

I’m fascinated by the power lines that run through Vietnam’s cities.  At busy intersections in Ho Chi Minh City the cables form a tangled web. And electrical workers (or perhaps just neighborhood residents) seem perfectly comfortable to climb up the … Continue reading

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Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh is probably the most revered historical figure in Vietnam.  His face is on all denominations of the currency and the largest city in the country bears his name.  In Hanoi, his image is especially ubiquitous.  Today we … Continue reading

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Chilly in Hanoi

We arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday.  It is cold here, but unlike most of the United States there is no snow.  Everyone is wearing heavy winter clothing: jackets, gloves, earmuffs, hats.

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