Quỳnh and I returned to Hà Nội for Tết 2019. Visiting for Tết, as I would come to learn, is completely different from visiting any other time of year. Businesses close for the week, streets are empty (because the businesses are closed), and every sign and advertisement is wishing you "Chúc mừng năm mới!" Ngày … Continue reading Hà Nội Round Two: Day 1
Welcome, honored guests, to Fat Joe's. Two years ago, my wife and I returned to her hometown of Ha Noi to get married. During that visit I fell in love. With my wife of course, but with also with a city and country that has one foot firmly rooted in and clinging to tradition, the … Continue reading Chào mừng quý khách!
2017-March-10 22:30 ICT | Mai Dich, Ha Noi, VN If I had to analogize what it's like being in this city, I would say "Like drinking from a fire hose"-- for your senses. Every sound, every smell, every gaze, look, quip-- it all adds up. 04:45 ICT: The rooster is awake. I appreciate this rooster's … Continue reading Hanoi Round 1: Tea and Bribery