After about a week in the south we flew up to Hanoi for the second half of our trip. One of the first things I noticed was the temperature. It was probably about 50 degrees and damp when we arrived. Lots of people had built fires on the streets for a little extra warmth!
The temp may not sound too bad by New Hampshire standards, but one problem is that very few buildings in Hanoi are heated. You’ll notice that people are wearing coats, scarves, and hats in most of these pictures–even when they are taken inside!
We visited a local NGO that was working on “greening” Hanoi. They have programs to educate children about environmentalism, encourage organic farming, and cut down on the amount of waste produced by local residents.
We also visited the Joint POW/MIA office. The office works with the Vietnamese government to identify sites that may contain the remains of American military personnel. The office then sends out a team to excavate the site in the hopes of finding enough material to make a DNA match based on military records.