About two weeks ago...
This was our fourth visit to Hanoi and it's just as kaleidoscopic and cacophonic, as we left it 18 months ago. During the drive from the airport into the city we noticed many more motorbike helmets (and not sitting in the scooter basket), than last time...the smog haze, sadly, looked just the same.
Unlike the advertisement in Air Asia's flight magazine for an expensive cosmetic product 'designed especially for Asian women', boasting that it creates 'perfect "V" shape contours, from every angle'. Huh? Don't get me started on skin whitening and pink nipple creams.
A friend of ours joked that she can't recognise her friends when she's out and about town, because only the eyes are visible.
City road frontage in Vietnam is worth it's weight in gold. So much so, that some buildings are the width of a doorway.
However, what they lack in width, they usually make up for in height and depth. And I do mean, depth. Many of these buildings retreat 15 or more metres back from the street and not always in a straight line. For some I know, the out of plumbness of it all, would be an assault on the senses. Doorways can often lead down corridors that lead to back doors and shop fronts. This is the entrance to a massage/beauty salon business.
This was taken looking out of the shop's actual front door.
|Mother of all shower heads|
|Cool, breezy and comfy.|