I made this list a few months ago of things I enjoyed in my first 6ish months in Hanoi but forgot to post it. So I’m doing it now.
Motorbike transportation including:
Families of 5
Cooker with an open flame
Crates carrying hundreds of eggs
Dogs of any size
Poles the at least 12 feet long
I buy fried snacks sold in the afternoon on the street by a lady who continually speaks vietnamese at me in an attempt to connect.
I’m newly obsessed with Bubble tea, and feel like I’m a part of the Vietnamese culture.
The neighborhood’s gym/playground is wildly popular among the middle age community.
Women expat meet ups remind me that whatever experience I’m having, I’m not the only one to have had it.
I do private English lessons with a woman who always responds with “yes, of course!” when I ask a question about Vietnamese culture, like the answer was obvious.
A Vietnamese co worker bought me a massive hair clip to hold all my hair.
The English company I work for offers Vietnamese lessons, which has revolved around food and has re shaped my diet in Hanoi.
I am now a regular in a few neighborhood cafes despite my initial resistance.
I communicate semi effectively through charades with my apartment building’s security man because he doesn’t know one word of English.
I joined an African dance class.
I have rented a scooter for the second time in an attempt to have some autonomy.
Despite wanting to be a proficient scooter driver, I do love riding on the back of motorbikes….
I’m part of an art therapy group that has helped process some of my experiences that I often have alone.
My ability to remember vietnamese names has improved greatly.