sa ba di (hello in lao)

We began our Christmas holiday adventure with 48 hours in Hanoi and we all almost instantly fell under the spell of this city… As if by magic, you don’t want to do anything, except maybe drink cocktails and drift off the map. Even the kids felt it. The city has the most intoxicatingly elegant decrepitude.  Wonderful old buildings constructed by the French are in the most alarming state of disrepair… the Old Quarter is full of potential; French restaurants and Americans who look like they’ve been drinking since the war. You can see why people never leave. I am already longing to go back. Continue reading