Our way to 4000 islands (south of Laos) started with a crazy disco bus: extremely loud music with a bass that many clubs would envy. Only some phone calls made the young drivers stop the music for short periods. Luckily, despite their fast and dangerous driving, we arrived to what we thought was the home of some of the drivers.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is not the kind of city we are used to. No metro, no skyscrapers , almost any traffic lights… however, traffic FLOWS, and it is amazing to see all the motorbikes and cars cross the roads without even reducing the speed, which is normally not fast but constant. As a pederastrian, after a few minutes walking in the city, you learn that you can cross any crossroads as if you were walking in a European sidewalk (you don’t even have to stop!).
It is easy to see that there is a lot of people working in the tourist sector in Hanoi, what seems obvious when you compare the prices of the tourist tours with the prices of the local food.
Coming back from Macau with a +390 HK$ (33€) balance after our gambling night, it was time to see a bit more of Hong Kong city. Karen, our friend from Hong Kong, suggested we should visit the Temple Market, and so we did. Although when we arrived most of the shops were closed, we could see some antiquities and postcards with pictures of the old Hong Kong: a city without Porsche’s, Ferrari’s and Masserati’s breaking the silence and the huge skyscrapers that now dominate the city. It is curious that, as ALL the indoors have air-con, most of the buildings have a perimeter of falling water which makes you even question whether it’s raining or not. Continue reading