Months 3 and 4 in Hanoi have been a bit of a whirlwind. Finally getting into the swing of things in Hanoi has been challenging. Moving here takes a lot more work than somewhere like Korea, as nothing is set up for you beforehand. However, I am now the proud owner/renter of a bike, a house, and a somewhat full-time job. As usual, I have days where I absolutely despise Hanoi. On the other hand, I have moments of clarity where I am madly in love with this crazy city. It’s an experience full of ups and downs, but it’s most also certainly one of immense personal growth.
What I Did
Better Life Vietnam
As many of my readers know, I have been working for a non-profit organization called Better Life Vietnam. We help provide scholarships for underprivileged youth in Vietnam. These past two months, I participated in a couple of events. We visited rural villages to interview scholarship applicants, hosted an event at the Hanoi Hilton, and helped with the creation of our promotional video. Soon, I will be hosting my own fundraising event. All proceeds will go towards providing books to rural schools in need, so stay posted! I wrote a full blog post about my experience here, and if you want to find out how you can help please check out the BLV website.
I took a week off from hectic Hanoi and visited the Thai island, Koh Lanta. It was beyond magical, and was exactly what I needed to clear my mind. As an expat in Hanoi, it is very important to escape the madness of the city every so often and breathe some fresh air. I was able to do a lot of yoga while I was there, but I have also been furthering my practice at Zenith Yoga in Hanoi.
Quan Thanh Temple
My friend was in Hanoi visiting from Korea, so I was able to take her sightseeing to some temples. Quan Thanh Temple was quite beautiful, and is a peaceful respite in the middle of Hanoi.
Where I Ate And Drank
Hanoi Sandwich House
Hanoi Sandwich House has been getting alot of business from my roommate and I lately. We are both vegetarians, and sometimes have trouble relying on Vietnamese street food. I love the banh mi sandwiches, but too often they just come with a fried egg and some cucumber when you don’t eat meat.
Address: 8 Tay Ho Street Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi Rock City
Hanoi Rock City is an awesome venue. They offer live music shows and art exhibitions, as well as having a place for local artists to see their wares.
Address: 27/52 Tô Ngọc Vân, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Việt Nam
What Inspired Me
What I Read and Watched
Born To Run is an epic adventure of a novel that delves into the art of running and a man who set off in search of ancient secrets held by the some of the best runners in the world.
If you haven’t watched Baraka, you are missing out. The film is a stunning depiction of a range of cultures and events. It ties together our basic humanity and oneness without any dialogue, and it’s a must see.
*Wildflowers- Tom Petty
*Party Police- Alvvays
*Road Home- MC Yogi
*Lovely Day- Bill Withers
- If you get invited to a Vietnamese party, be prepared to drink rice wine, and a lot of it.
- Getting cellular data while living in foreign country is a must. I got stuck in a rain storm at 1am with no data. Lesson learned.
- Be around people who fill you with love and light. Don’t accept anything that isn’t serving you.