Time seems to fly by in Hanoi, and I am already on my fifth month of living here. This month has been all about reconnecting with my body and spirit through nature. I’ve used every possible opportunity to get out of the city and into the surrounding wilderness, and it’s done me a world of good. In addition, I’ve successfully launched a fundraiser which raised money to build two libraries for primary schools in rural Vietnam. It couldn’t have been done without my friends, family, and subscribers support, and I am forever grateful.
Where I Explored
Ba Vi National Park
About a 90 minute drive from Hanoi, Ba Vi is the perfect respite from the hectic atmosphere of Hanoi. You need to bring a motorbike to visit, as the way to top of the mountain is quite long. Once you reach the top, the view is incredible. It almost feels as if you could reach up and touch the clouds. At the top, parking is available and you can hike up to a small little temple.
Address:Tan Linh Commune, Ba Vi District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Hanoi Botanical Gardens
If you need a respite from the traffic of Hanoi, but don’t have the time to get out of the city, Hanoi Botanical Gardens is the place to go. It’s a large, tranquil park with walking paths, trails, and fields.
Address: 3 Hoàng Hoa Thám, Ngọc Hà, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000
Where I Ate and Drank
Toast ‘N Tea
DeN has everything. Awesome brunches and coffee, cocktails, and events almost nightly. I have been attending their free community yoga, and it’s been awesome!
What Inspired Me
What I Read and Watched
- If you have yet to see the second Planet Earth series, go watch it now. Currently binge-watching.
- Ever a favorite travel read, I’ve been re-reading Shantaram. India, I’m not done with you yet.
*Yesterday’s Dream- Griz
*Walking on the Moon- The Police
*Dark Days- Local Natives
*Land of the Free- Russ Liquid
*Soul Purpose- Nightmares on Wax
- Teaching yoga to five year olds can put you in a good mood, regardless of how you were feeling previously.
- Showing a little kindness, even when you don’t feel like it, can make all the difference.
- Don’t go to a gas station at rush hour in Hanoi. If you do, be prepared to fight it out with Vietnamese men who keep rolling up and maneuvering their bikes in front of yours.
Read about months 3 & 4 here.