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Monday, January 01, 2007

Ho Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake), Hanoi - Vietnam

Happy New Year everyone! New year, new foods to try and new resolution to exercise more to work off that food. But running around my cookie cutter neighborhood, running nowhere on an elliptical machine, running nowhere on a treadmill machine. No wonder I get bored. Another new year's resolution: get more organized. And so in cleaning up my photo files, I came across these scenes of Ho Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake) in Hanoi, Vietnam from several summers ago.
Ho Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake) - Hanoi - Vietnam 1
Read the legend about how Returned Sword Lake got its name and why there's a tower in the center named after turtles. Every morning, this is how the locals exercised. These photos were taken around 7 a.m. so most of the people had already left to start their day. But I wasn't going to wake up earlier just for pictures. It was also drizzly this day and yet they're still out there. The scene is slightly different in the late afternoon when people tend to walk laps around the lake to socialize more than anything else.
Ho Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake) - Hanoi - Vietnam 2
Ho Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake) - Hanoi - Vietnam 3
Ho Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake) - Hanoi - Vietnam 4
Ho Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake) - Hanoi - Vietnam 5
Ho Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake) - Hanoi - Vietnam 6
Ho Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake) - Hanoi - Vietnam 7
March 30, 2007 Update: Since I now know how to upload videos, you can now see this lady practice her fan dance.
Other Vietnam posts can be found in the tag Series: Vietnam, but I suggest reading the series in this order:
Mekong Delta - Vietnam
Com Lam (Vietnamese Sticky Rice in Bamboo) - Sa Pa - Vietnam
Tien Dung Chu Dong Tu Temple of Love - Binh Minh - Vietnam
Pho Cuon Ha Noi (Vietnamese Rice Noodle Rolls Hanoi-Style)
Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword Lake) - Ha Noi - Vietnam
Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) - Ha Noi - Vietnam
Cha Ca Thang Long (Vietnamese Hanoi-Style Turmeric Fish with Dill)
Sofitel Plaza Saigon Chocolate Buffet - Saigon - Vietnam


  1. Eventually I will visit vietname for the first time.

  2. You should! Everyone needs to go at least once. :)


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