Looking Back: Hanoi

| December 17, 2009 | 6 Comments
thehuc Looking Back: Hanoi

Huc Bridge, Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi (May 26, 2002) — Out of Buddhist altars and herb sellers blurred into hemivision. Out of old men begging for the tourist dollar, their faces as pinched up and scarred as a tractor tyre lashed to a pier. Over St. Jospeh’s Cathedral and The Huc Bridge. Out of tinbox makers and gravestones giggling past my doorway. I, sitting at the vortex of this carousel, weave butterfly nets of words with which I chase down the barefoot beauty of the women curling through traffic. The memory of their faces as impermanent as a fragance.

We’ve started a new category on our blog called ‘Looking Back’ that will include an occasional entry from our journals that date back to 2001 when we first began writing about living and travelling abroad. We’ll present these paired with a photo in the form of a verbal postcard. Together, these postcards provide an (in)formal and often (in)coherent narrative of the trips we’ve taken!

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.