This is my new friend Nga. We met through Couchsurfing - a website for international cultural exchange. On my second day in Hanoi, Nga took me on a motorcycle ride around the West Lake area of the city. She rides a little Yamaha scooter that is similar to a Honda wave or Honda cub. It seems that everyone in Hanoi rides a motorcycle or scooter.
The first thing that we saw was this lake that was filled with lotus blossoms.
My understanding is that the lotus blossoms only appear at this time of year for about one or two months. Good timing.
There is a bicycle hidden under this collection of bamboo fishing traps.
This is a weaving loom used by many of the tribe people of Vietnam.
The looms were used to create a variety of materials used for clothing or other household products.
This is the inside of a model bamboo long house. I'll show you a real long house later.
This is elaborate outfit was worn by a people group from the northern part of Vietnam.
This item in front appears to be a baby bassinet made of bamboo.
This structure was actually used for burial ceremonies. The little house appeared to be similar to a long house but had space to accommodate perhaps eight bodies. On the outside of the structure were carvings of men and women in precarious positions.
The water puppets have been used to tell traditional Vietnamese folktales. The puppet masters would position themselves in the water and behind a screen, then lift the puppets above the water.
As my day wrapped up, I had a chance to check out one of the puppet shows. I'll post a video later.