Like other tourists, Anil and Cheryl were very surprised at the traffic in Hanoi, cause they have never seen so many bikes before. We had a great day with visits to Ho Chi Minh complex, Hoa Lo prison, Temple of Literature and Museum of Ethnology. I will never forget Cheryl's reaction to my offer of taking photo in Hoa Lo prison. She was just not comfortable because the prison was really a hell on earth and the hard condition prisoners had to bear there was just unbelievable to her. Cheryl also showed her sympathy towards our history as we continued talking about the wars, which both Cheryl and Anil had no clue before coming to Vietnam.
A wonderful lunch
We had a wonderful lunch together with numerous stories about our personal lives. Cheryl showed me the photos taken in her hometown in India. I found the photo including Anil, Cheryl and their children very interesting, because they look too alike, especially their smiles. Cheryl showed me more photos of her hometown and then Singapore and New Zealand, together with which are the stories about their big family as well as their country culture.
We sit in Highlands Coffee to see Hanoi gradually move into daily night. The last sun rays were running in front of our sights. Anil and Cheryl both enjoyed their hot tea, at the same time watching over the flows of bikes and cars below.
The old quarter was also the place where we said goodbye. It was hard to say good bye to tourists when you went with them the whole day and shared a lot of things to each other. But what will come will come. Anil and Cheryl went on buying clothes in the quarter, while I came back to my life.
Another memorable tour has passed... and love with my volunteering work has doubled. :)
Giang cherry kate