When I first started the blog I honestly thought I would contribute weekly to it, however, life in Vietnam is much busier than I imagined it would be. Now one month and it’s time to catch-up ! I can’t believe that I’ve been living in Asia for that long already. Although in the last post I mentioned that I felt like I was settled in, this time I’m happy to say that I have a routine and I’m even more oriented in Hanoi. I’m currently writing this post in a “Highlands Coffee” (it would be the equivalent of Starbucks in Vietnam) just up my street. I’m enjoying a nice cold fruit tea, given that it’s rare that I order something hot in this country.
What can I say about the past month besides busy ? So far I’ve explored a bit of Hanoi, I’ve gone to a play (in french) put on by the Institut Français, and I’ve explored the markets. There is still so much I want to see in the city such as the Citadel, War Museum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum among other sites. The next few weekends I will be staying in town being a tourist/local in the city. Pft local, I still get bothered by the motorbike and taxi drivers, I don’t think I’ll ever be a local. It’s funny how different it is when you’re wearing business clothes and when you have a backpack.
Work has been great, I’m loving every moment of this internship. I am learning so much from everyone, they are such sources of knowledge. The projects I’ve been working on match my interest perfectly (history and migration). Crazy to think I’ve just completed my 4th week.
Last weekend, Emma and I (the other intern) went to Laung Prabang, Laos. It was recommended to us by every who has gone and I understand why ! It was so beautiful and peaceful. Although it was a busy weekend the village still had a relaxing vibe. I really would like to see more of Laos. We spent a day with the elephants, we did the mahout training and even went swimming with them in the river. On the second day, we woke up early to go see the offerings to the Monks. Something you must do in Luang Prabang, even if it happens at 5:30 am. Following that we went to the Kouang-Si Waterfalls, it was truly beautiful ! We even hiked up to the top and swam. The water was crystal clear.
Living in Vietnam is truly enriching, not only from a professional standpoint, but also from a personal one. Before arriving in here, I believed my previous experience living abroad had prepared me for the latest endeavour. However, the rich diversity and culture brought with it new discoveries, insights and understanding. Hanoi is fast-paced city where there is always something new and different to see or do. And I can say I’m officially not “chicken” when crossing the street. It’s funny how fast you adapt.
À bientôt !
Here are a few more pictures taken in Luang Prabang 🙂