Street vendors and cyclos... A bit cliche I now, but you will find these sights from another time in the Old Quarter, which is the most touristy part of the city. Everywhere else? Street vendors and... motorbikes! ;)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I already mentioned it last year, and it's time for a second take! You will find those 'coal-cycles' around town, selling the black blocks to the street restaurants. It probably is something that you will no longer be able to see in just a few years from now as Vietnam is growing relentlessly in spite of the global downturn, so enjoy it while you can!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
As you know by now, the Temple of Literature is one of my favourite spots in Hanoi. Why? Just because when I bring my visitors there (it's one of the 'must see' in the city), I like to look around at the variety of people who gather there. It's not only a touristic landmark, no; it's also a place where students meet for class photos, where families bring their children for a stroll in the park... All in all, a pretty fascinating place.
I saw this lady resting on the steps of the temple, seemingly exhausted after a day walking around in the city. Apparently she found inner peace!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
One of my favorite activities now is to just stand by the road side or at a junction and wait for this kind of shot to present itself. Fellow photographer Hans Kemp even published an entire book about it - Bikes of Burden. A highly recommended and fun read, especially for those of you who have spent some time in Vietnam, whether a few days or several years!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Something I find quite striking in Vietnam is the proportion of women involved in the 'tough' jobs which, by most of western standards, are traditionally handled by men. You will find those courageous women doing road works (as you can see above), digging, collecting garbage - while, at the same time, handling the family duties... No wonder why many people say Vietnamese ladies have the strongest character! Kudos, mesdames.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
This is one of the hundreds - what am I saying, thousands - of street restaurants you will find in Hanoi. Not only will they be very inexpensive; they will also probably serve the yummiest Vietnamese traditional dishes! For this particular one, you can read from the signboard that they offer different kinds of noodles (phở, bún, mỳ) cooked in different styles.