Hanoi and our Journey to Halong Bay

In case you didn’t pick up on it already, Hanoi is pretty cool. On our last full day in town, we walked around, did a little shopping, almost got hit by like 25 motorbikes, had some amazing food, and watched this weird water puppet show. Oh, and drank a shit ton of coffee. The coffee is so good, I need to figure out how to make it when we go back to the states. I hope our subleters break our coffee maker so I don’t even have to look at it when we get back. 

So… The traffic is nuts. The saying is “green light-go, yellow light-go, red light- you still go.” So we played frogger a lot and survived. It was an adventure. 

A friend recommended this bomb ass place to eat near the lake and we had the best noodles on the trip so far. The place is called Bun Bo Nam Bo, they only serve Bun Bo Hue which is this noodle pork nut dish. I want it everyday. It’s so good!

We ended our time in Hanoi with a classic water puppet show. It’s puppets dancing around in water to traditional music. Totally glad we did it, probably could have handled it being like 30 minutes instead of an hour. I mean… How long can you really watch puppets trying to catch puppet fish without falling asleep?

Today we woke up early and took a bus, to a bus, to a ferry, to another bus, and finally made it to downtown Cat Ba Island on Halong Bay. Today we chilled, tomorrow and the next are going to get crazy! Think junk boats, kayaks, motorbikes, caves, and massages mixed together. We can’t wait!

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