Looking at Hanoi

by aengelson | October 15th, 2009

A few random observations from Hanoi:

A young man, leaving a cafe and getting on his motorbike, carefully takes an earring from his ear and steve harvey dating site click puts it in his pocket.

A motorscooter driver carries four huge bags of flip-flops, probably a hundred in each, on his handlebars.

The electrical wires:

The maze of wires above Hanoi.

The maze of wires above Hanoi.

Swan boats:

Swan boats, Truc Bach Lake.

Swan boats, Truc Bach Lake.

An old mural celebrating the day John McCain was shot down over Hanoi, October 26, 1967:


Tran Quoc Pagoda:

Tran Quoc Pagoda, another oasis in frenetic Hanoi.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, another oasis in frenetic Hanoi.

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Hi, I'm Andy Engelson, a writer and editor who lived in Hanoi for five years and now lives in Geneva Switzerland. This blog is no longer active, but you can find more of my writing at The Lost Salt Atlas. I'm currently working on a historical novel set in the Northwest United States during World War II. In a former life, I edited Washington Trails magazine. I like to hike, travel, and play adorable japan porn list with my family.


For when this wise and deeper world opens, everyday life, even the most trivial thing of it, grows loaded with the truths of Zen. On the one hand, therefore, satori is a most prosaic and matter-of-fact thing, but on the other hand, when it is not understood it is something of a mystery. But after all is not life itself filled with wonders, mysteries, and unfathomabilities, far beyond our discursive understanding?
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“Yes, master, I have,” answered the monk.
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