Hanoi 12.14

14 Dec

Today was our first full day here in Hanoi & we made the most of it. Let’s back up a bit though.

Last night we made our first trek across a street. If you haven’t experienced Asian traffic, you cannot appreciate how this might be a big deal. It even more harrowing with your children in tow. We all held hands the first time – even E~. No one got hit, all our toes are intact, & by the end of the night we even tackled the scariest of corners, the dreaded 5 road intersection just north of Hoan Kiem Lake. We were able to meet up with our Portland friends (their daughter JM~ & T~ were in the same orphanage) for supper. It wasn’t a terribly long meal but by the end of it, 2 of our 3 kids were curled up on the sofa ready to tuck in for the night. So that’s what we did. Most of us had a solid 10hrs of sleep & we woke up feeling almost normal & ready to tackle the day.

We started our Sunday at an international church where we met up with our missionary friends. After church we went for lunch. When we were here in 2007 we never were brave enough to try some street food. It always looked & smelled so good, but we preferred to eat at places that had actual chairs. I believe we were missing out. Today’s lunch was bun bo nam bo. No idea what’s in it but it was wonderful!


After lunch we went down the street to hang out at Play! Cafe. The kids all needed to let off some steam & it was the perfect place for that. The kids put on a play, built a marble run, dug in the sandbox & interacted with kids who were not going back to the hotel with us. It was sorely needed. Later, we went over to our friend’s house for supper & games. A couple of the kids got experience riding motorbikes too.

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It was a fun day. And tiring too. The kids were asleep in the back of the cab within in 5 minutes.

Tomorrows plan includes coffee with friends (who knew we’d have so many people to hang out with half way around the world?), a museum or two, & a Water Puppet show. Should be fun!



One Response to “Hanoi 12.14”

  1. Kristi Leckband December 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Play! Cafe — I like the sound of that.

    Yes, crossing streets in Asia is quite the experience. We always watched the locals and crossed as quickly as they did. Eventually we got brave enough to step out on our own.

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