If I had one word to describe Hanoi it would be "busy". On the plane ride in, we learned that we were visiting during the Lunar New Year (Tet). Everyone in Hanoi was in celebration mode, rushing around buying cumquat trees, gifts and decorations. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was bright red and the entire city was on the move constantly. At this point, we hadn't visited India yet, so we were blown away at how many people there were in such small areas. This was the first country to truly invade our personal space and while some days it was a struggle, we still found ourselves completely immersed in the energy!
We weren't here for very long but with the time we did have we explored the markets, ate our way through town, drank more cups of coffee than I am proud to admit, watched kids dance in the streets, took a cooking class, enjoyed Train Street, people watched a lot and got caught in a heavy thunderstorm in which we trekked through knee deep flooded streets to partake in the Tet celebration along Hoan Kiem Lake.
All in all we had a great time! The food was incredible, the coffee was strong and the children were friendly. The adults are friendly too but nothing beats the kids who just sit down next to you and start practicing their english. Ugh. My heart!