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There’s a dog in Lương Ngọc Quyến street that just barks all night, every night. It just barks incessently. Not at anything, just loudly, quickly and repeatedly yapping… all night. You know what I’d like to do with it ? …

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Nhật Tân farmland

Very close to the centre of Hanoi and not far from Hoan Kiem, is a district known as Nhật Tân, and on the river-side of Âu Cơ road, the otherwise busy city falls away to farmland. It’s interesting that this …

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Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Temple of Jade Mountain

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Very nearby to me is a lake known as Hoan Kiem. It is a very central area in Hanoi, with the Old Quarter with all its bustling touristy life on one side, and historic area with monuments and temples and …

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Old Quarter rooftops

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Over the last year I’ve showed people a few views of Vietnamese cityscapes, on this blog and others. Since I’ve showed you the view from the two apartments I’ve lived in Saigon, I think it’s only fair I show you …

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Hanoi knows about 4chan

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I’ve never seen this in Saigon, but apparently Hanoi has caught onto the 4chan meme craze. I saw a number of tourists walking around with 4chan memes on their shirts such as the “FUUUUUUUU” guy and the “Y U NO” …

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The Vietnamese think-tank

Sometimes when you’re travelling alone, you can feel a bit … well, lonely. You’re on your own in a strange place, and you have noone to talk to when things go wrong or if you have a bad day or …

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Hanoi gets a final shot at me as I say goodbye

Today has not been a good day for me. It hasn’t been a great week in general, but today definitely rates up there as one of the crappiest days in recent times. Firstly, I’m sick. I have no idea with …

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Hanoi is not a city for night-owls

Everything closes. And I mean EARLY. I was at a bia hoi place in one of the main tourist streets tonight and I was really puzzled when the woman packed up the tables and finished up at 11pm. At first …

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A little bit of rennassiance Italy in Hanoi

I slept late today. Too late to get to Sapa. It’s ok. I was tired and I did not feel like wasting lots of energy in Sapa. So I lay in bed until late and then went out for a …

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Enough of Hanoi to last a lifetime

And I say that not because I’ve had some amazing experiences here. I say that because I hate it. Honestly, no. I really fucking dislike it intensely. It’s because it’s similar to Saigon in various ways that certain things about …

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