Category Archives: Vietnam

Hanoi: life on the streets.

I love writing longreads, but sometimes there are places, situations or moments where that only great writers can render through words, and I’m not of them. One such place is Hanoi’s Old Quarter. I could ramble about it for pages … Continue reading

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Under the hammer and sickle.

I grew up as the Communist empire withered and parched. I was a toddler when the Berlin wall went down, something that my mind didn’t register if not for the notion that, somewhere, it was OK to tear down walls and … Continue reading

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And then came the rain: wandering through Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

The noise from outside woke me. I sat down on the corner of the bed, rubbing my face and scanning the unfamiliar room as if it was the first time I’d seen it; the bedside table, my paraphernalia dumped on … Continue reading

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