Hanoi Old Town Hotel – A great place to stay!

Hanoi Old Town Hotel staff members David, Oanh, Giang, Chi, Sarah, James and Lily
Hanoi Old Town Hotel staff members David, Oanh, Giang, Chi, Sarah, James and Lily
Lisa handles the front desk with excellent service
Lisa handles the front desk with excellent service

HANOI, VIETNAM – We are not getting paid for this plug and that is just fine. This hotel in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Town was a really great place to stay – great breakfast, great helpful staff, great location, and all around good safe choice. We stayed here for 9 days so we got a good feel for everything about the place.
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Too many surprises for one night

Can't wait to taste that cheddar-y goodness!
Can’t wait to taste that cheddar-y goodness!

HANOI, VIETNAM – I’m not giving up, but I am pretty frustrated. Sometimes you just have your mind set on something and you don’t expect to be disappointed. You understand…

You really do, don’t you?

Yummmm. I am so looking forward to cheese popcorn. Just the right amount of salty to go with what I’m drinking at this time – a good dark beer. Here is a picture of the package.

First you have to get the darn packaging open, so I wrestle that project with a serrated knife big enough to kill. I walk into the living room with my drink, ready to sit down and relax.
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Prepare to be overwhelmed by the Hanoi market experience

Inside the massive Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi's Old Town Quarter
Inside the massive Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi’s Old Town Quarter

HANOI, VIETNAM – OK, I admit it, I was not prepared. There are over 7 million people in Hanoi, and well, goods have to come from somewhere and people have to be able to buy them. We hit the jackpot in the Dong Xuan Market in the Old Quarter. The words ‘huge’ and ‘expansive’ don’t even do it justice. Three floors, even an escalator, and many stairways.
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What’s this headache?

Window seat daytime view
View from the window seat at 38,000 feet

HANOI, VIETNAM – I’ll write about more flight adventures later, but I thought I would share with you (especially Dr. Flanagan) about travel and the “American” way of life. What do I mean? Let me tell you my tale:

We get on the plane for Taipei at midnight in Seattle. Getting to the airport, checking in for our flight, boarding the plane – that part was uneventful. But the Northwest has a terrible windstorm that night and we get the resulting ‘rock and roll’ for a few hours at the start of the flight.

They want to serve me food soon. I’m almost sick, but I am saying to myself, “I AM NOT ON A BOAT AND I WILL NOT BE SICK.” This means I have nothing in my stomach for hours.
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Don’t you miss your home?

Our former home in Stanwood, Washington
Our former home in Stanwood, Washington

As Melanie and I traveled around the U.K. over the last two and a half months, many people, after we tell them we’ve sold everything and are traveling the world, have said things like:

“That is so cool!”

“I wish I could do that.”

Most people have had quite positive reactions.

But occasionally someone will ask, “Don’t you miss your home?”
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