Day one in Vietnam. It started with an early day. I think I woke up at about 4:30am. I guess you could say that I was having a little trouble adjusting to the time zone change.
After breakfast my friend dropped me off in the old quarter of Hanoi so that I could walk the streets and get a feel for the place.
It seems like everybody in Hanoi operates some type of business. Either they were selling things in the traditional manner walking door-to-door carrying their produce or they had a traditional storefront along street.
There were areas of the old quarter where's specific streets were dedicated toward specific products or services.
There lanterns, streamers, animal figures and party items.
But right along some the traditional shops there were very modern shops that sold fashionable clothing, watches and computer products.
I did enjoy seeing various generations mixing, mingling and just discussing the days news on the street corner.
And then there was the actual temple.
Back out on the street I walked through the street market area of the old quarter.
Walking around some more I enjoyed dropping in on all the little shops. I can't speak Vietnamese so my interactions with the locals are pretty limited. But I thought that this scene with an older merchant reading a newspaper in the door stoop of his metal ornamentation shop was classic. I could not tell if the items in the shop were bronze or gold, it did not matter. To me, the image was as good as gold.
And ants created out of the product. Pretty clever.
Check out the video... http://youtu.be/uFMl7eSXpxo
I don't know why they were doing it, but it was just one of those interesting things you see when your walking around with no itenerary, a curious mind and open eyes.