Highlight Reel One: Hanoi and Ninh Binh

Hanoi, Traveling
Them: want a picture? Me: Yeah, with the lion! Them (implicitly): Okay, weirdo. This is outside of a temple by Sword Lake.

Them: want a picture? Me: Yeah, with the lion! Them (implicitly): Okay, weirdo. This is outside of a temple by Sword Lake.

This is what breaking vegan looks like. EGG COFFEE (apparently a totally normal thing here. Also offered was egg beer, egg with rum and chocolate, and many more options).

This is what breaking vegan looks like. EGG COFFEE (apparently a totally normal thing here. Also offered was egg beer, egg with rum and chocolate, and many more options).

This picture does not do the traffic justice, but note the ratio of motorbikes to any other vehicle. Also note that Hanoi is a really massive city.

This picture does not do the traffic justice, but note the ratio of motorbikes to any other vehicle. Also note that Hanoi is a really massive city.

My local buddy, Chinh, insisted (I did not disagree) that we get bia (beer) at international crossroads because everyone has to do it. It did not disappoint.

My local buddy, Chinh, insisted (I did not disagree) that we get bia (beer) and rice paper at international crossroads because everyone has to do it. It did not disappoint.

Inside the largest pagoda in Vietnam, where there were walkways lined with these statues all the way to the top of a temple.

Inside the largest pagoda in Vietnam, where there were walkways lined with these statues all the way to the top of a temple.

A really artsy photo of one of the many giant gold statues in the pagoda.

A really artsy photo of one of the many giant gold statues in the pagoda.

I mean the views in Ninh Binh were okay, I guess.

I mean the views in Ninh Binh were okay, I guess.

Another artsy photo taken before we got into boats at Trang An.

Another artsy photo taken before we got into boats at Trang An.

Part of the group, featuring fellow SE Vietnam intern Hugo from France.

Part of the group, featuring fellow SE Vietnam intern Hugo from France.

Such landscape. So beauty. Very wow.

Such landscape. So beauty. Very wow.

Proof that I, too, was on a boat (with another fellow SE Vietnam intern from Canada, Alanna).

Proof that I, too, was on a boat (with another fellow SE Vietnam intern from Canada, Alanna).

We went through a lot of caves. Caves are cool.

We went through a lot of caves. Caves are cool.

We also climbed a lot of stairs. Stairs are also cool.

We also climbed a lot of stairs. Stairs are also cool.

Two of my fearless leaders: local buddy Chinh and host sister Dung.

Two of my fearless leaders: local buddy Chinh and host sister Dung.

There were at least a thousand boats ready to take tourists through Trang An. Also the sky looked pretty neat.

There were at least a thousand boats ready to take tourists through Trang An. Also the sky looked pretty neat.

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