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Second day in Hanoi, Continued

After lunch, we headed back to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and walked around the area. We walked down to the war museum, which was closed, so we couldn’t see too much of interest except for a collection of smashed plane parts, tanks, and howitzers. Unfortunately the camera’s battery died at this point so we . . . → Read More: Second day in Hanoi, Continued


Second day in Hanoi

Last night, we were pretty hungry, so we went to eat at the only restaurant around: A Japanese place on the 4th floor. The place was actually pretty authentic in its atmosphere; even the little Vietnamese waitresses could speak Japanese. The prices were extremely expensive though, and we were not full at all.

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Waking up on the other side of the world

Local time: 7:28 AM, Friday, December 11, 2009.

Yesterday, we started out the day by washing up and then going to the resident’s lounge on the 22nd floor. They have open terraces up here, a massage chair (which doesn’t work), free coffee & tea, and one computer terminal where one can use the Internet. . . . → Read More: Waking up on the other side of the world


Arriving at the Somerset

As we arrived at my cousin’s place, we called him to come down and bring us up, since he lives in one of those luxury condo-hotel places. The one he lives in is called Somerset. In the lobby, we even saw our flight attendants checking in at the reception; I guess it’s the closest . . . → Read More: Arriving at the Somerset


Trip to Southeast Asia: The Long Journey There

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam. Local time: 6:43 AM, Thursday, December 10, 2009.

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We’ve finally made it to Vietnam, after a long and exhausting trip. It took three flights in all: One from Montreal to Chicago, one from Chicago to Tokyo, and one from Tokyo to Hanoi. We left at 4:45 AM on . . . → Read More: Trip to Southeast Asia: The Long Journey There