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Friday, January 13, 2006 

Hanoi oi

Maan! Hanoi is pretty! All I gotta do to start missing it again is just look at its pictures again! Thats it. And it brings back all the memories of my time there, the people, the team and the experience we had! The fun, the difficult moments working with children with AO. All of it. And yet it is such a mesmerizing memory because almost everyone we met, AO victim or not, had the most amazing smile ever. It is aptly reflected in the pictures taken by OMIH that I came across tonight!

Maan, what is it with the people there? How do they get it? Their attitude, their smiles are so addicting. So charming. How do people manage to be so happy. To be more specific, even the most poor, old women who would weave things by the side of the road and sell them for really cheap seemed to be perfectly happy with their life. It was as if they had nothing to complain about. (And contrast that to the lives we live ourselves in the developed world!)

Thats the charm Viet Nam has for me. I believe that a place is defined not by how developed it is or how many sky scrapers it has, but by the people that live there. The locals. And hence I am in love with Hanoi. From almost everywhere I have travelled, Hanoi has been the only large city where I have seen such happy and beautiful people. I spent an hour looking through these pictures and missing hanoi!

Hanoi oi, the nao roi? Toi yeo hanoi!
(It means, Hey Hanoi, whats up? I love you, Hanoi)
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