Surviving Tet

by aengelson | February 4th, 2010

Tet Festival is approaching. It’s kind of zany here in Hanoi these days. I’ve seen probably more near-misses and motorbike scrapes in the past week than I have the six months we’ve been here.

For those Only OK readers who are expats living in Hanoi, you might find this Tet Survival Guide helpful. The folks at Santa Fe Relocation Services put this together and a friend passed it on to me. It’s got useful tips on Tet traditions, what businesses will be open during the holiday, and much more. If you live in Hanoi, I highly recommend having a look.

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Andy Engelson is a writer and editor who lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. He's currently working on a historical novel set in the Northwest United States during World War II. He's also a freelance writer, essayist and member of the Hanoi Writer's Collective. In a former life, he edited Washington Trails magazine for six years and before that was freelance journalist. He likes to hike, travel, and play with his family.


Lay down these words
Before your mind like rocks.
placed solid, by hands
In choice of place, set
Before the body of the mind
in space and time:
Solidity of bark, leaf or wall
riprap of things:
Cobble of milky way,
straying planets,
These poems, people,
lost ponies with
Dragging saddles–
and rocky sure-foot trails.
The worlds like an endless
Game of Go.
ants and pebbles
In the thin loam, each rock a word
a creek-washed stone
Granite: ingrained
with torment of fire and weight
Crystal and sediment linked hot
all change, in thoughts,
As well as things.
— Gary Snyder, “Rip Rap”


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