Day 2 – Hanoi: Isaac Ng
Day 2 has been tiring, surprisingly. The weather’s hot and walking around in slippers is tiring on my feet.
I didn’t get all that much sleep because someone living in the same room was snoring away, but after playing rainymood on my headphones, I managed to get some sleep. Most of the day was spent walking about and wandering around. The first stop of the day, was for local coffee and other drinks. I got yoghurt passion fruit which was pretty good. There was a poster store nearby, with stuff that looked very unique such as posters and fridge magnets. I immediately put down a reminder to grab a poster before going back.
We had sumptuous pho at different restaurants for both lunch and dinner. The tastes mix very interestingly, like there’s sweet/sour/salty. Walking around the city gave me a sense of regretfulness for not learning some basic Vietnamese language before coming to Vietnam. I would hesitate before taking a photo of the scenery, it feels like I’m just here to take and not make a connection. It’s very different from my Ternate trip where I could at least speak Malay! At the same time the accents make it intimidating to try to speak it.
After gathering the necessary stuff needed for the climb, we left for the train station. We were left waiting (and perspiring) for our person-in-charge of the train tickets. But eventually we got on and here we are on our way to Fansipan (Sapa) at last. I’m a little scared my fitness has dropped, but that’s the only way to find out. It’s awfully exciting to be honest.
Oh yeah, I found a Vietnamese geocache. It was very nicely hidden behind bricks and stuff and surrounded by pokego players. One was even holding on to a fan with a 12V battery hooked up. There were 3 lures nearby but it looked hilarious. That was fun. Ho Chi Minh museum was nearby, nice architecture and nice design, but the exhibits made no sense to me, like there was no link. It felt more like an art exhibit than a museum.