My Home in Hanoi

The Truc Bach (you pronounce this somewhat like “chook”-”pack”) quarter in Hanoi used to be a little quaint village before the explosive expansion of the city. Houses are still the narrow small type they used to be – but now owners have put several floors on top of them. Six to seven floors is the standard now.

Here is my home – on the 4th floor:

And this is the view down from my balcony :

South…

North…

The horrible neighbours that start cooking at 5am:

The closest market (around two corners). Everything you can think of to cook. If a local buys prices are maybe 40% lower :)

And, of course: in the morning permanent street vendors that have their shop on the side walk floor every day and all day long vendors with bicycles or tiny ladies with iron shoulders…

Apricots on sale today. Not exactly like ours…but fresh and tasty fruits…

…and, of course, my beer garden, a hefty 3 minute walk away and as far away from home as I usually get – here outside working hours at around 3 pm – the drunks from lunch already gone – the new victims not yet ready…

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