One million Vietnamese Dong
HANOI, VIETNAM – Let me first state that our lifestyle in Hanoi is anything but lavish, and I’ll go into more detail about those “millions” in just a minute.
We’re currently living in a one-bedroom second-floor apartment on a busy residential/commercial street about a block away from a small lake. Our apartment is modest in size, roughly 600 square feet.
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A typical streetside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam
HANOI, VIETNAM – After a stimulating morning at the Museum of Ethnology and a “quick stop” at the gigantic VinMart supermarket that turned into an epic hour-plus meander over the entire store, we were finally back on the street, and more than ready to find something to eat.
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Here are our favorite Vietnamese canned beer varieties… so far
HANOI, VIETNAM – Back by popular demand (well, mainly because my beer distributor son in Seattle asked me to write some more), here is another report on my global quest for good beer.
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What do you do when nobody wants your stuff? (Freeimages.com)
HANOI, VIETNAM – Several years ago, Melanie and I decided that when we retired, we would sell our house and all our belongings and then travel the world.
The first step was pretty easy. We stopped buying anything we didn’t really need.
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Fresh fruit in the morning, including ripe mango, banana, grapefruit and black-speckled dragon fruit.
HANOI, VIETNAM – For most of the three-and-a-half weeks we’ve been in Hanoi it’s been around 70 degrees during the day (except for a brief cold spell, and a few days that were near 80) — a far cry from the chilly weather we experienced just before we left the Pacific Northwest.
Skipping winter from now on was one of my main desires when we were looking for a place to stay for a while. That and easy access to a market where we could buy fresh food.
So far we’re winning on both counts.
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