It was a struggle at first when I visited Hanoi. I arrived as late as 12:30AM (Vietnam Time, 1:30AM Ph time), but quite amazed on how clean and organized their airfield was. I approached a middle-aged guy who had my name on his poster and greeted him. I tried my best to converse but he was unable to understand and speak English that much so I decided to shut my mouth. It was a long and quiet drive of around 45 minutes until I reached my transient home and sighed as I went out of the car. I checked in, talked to a sleepy lady, and concluded that my first day in the city was not as welcoming as I thought it would be. My 2nd day was a different story. Phoebe (GA Hostel's receptionist) redeemed herself and went on an extra mile by guiding me using a map. She helped me figure out the locations of the best restaurants in which I can eat sticky rice, and the areas in which I can find convenience stores, KFC and Jollibee (yes, there's one in Hanoi!). I started roaming around, took pictures, and these were the images I caught.
I skipped taking pictures on my 3rd day for I need to take my IELTS examination and be focused on passing it (I had my result and it was in my favor, wuhoo!). Anyhow, living in a hostel was quite fun as compared to staying in a luxurious hotel. First things first, I have met a lot of well-traveled people who visited at least 10 countries under a limited budget. Unconsciously, I felt the urge and encouragement to travel alone more. Second, learning a foreign language was a great experience. Third, drinking beers with different races was one of the best entries in my diary. Lastly, my endurance went up after having a series of walks and hang-outs with them (they prefer walking instead of riding a cab).
I had to leave after my 5-day stay because I had some things to do in the Philippines. The experience was great, the food were at its finest and quite inexpensive. I will definitely come back to experience not just Hanoi, but the entire Vietnam. I hope my salary will allow me for it!
I cannot wait to have my solo international trip again, but I would not mind bringing someone with me. Thank you for dropping by! :)