Follow Her: To Vietnam

This past spring I was granted the amazing opportunity to study abroad in southeast Asia, and was able to travel around a special part of the world that I knew little about prior to visiting. One of my favorite places that I visited was Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Part of Hanoi’s charm is its tiny, bustling streets accented by little hole-in-the-wall cafes. On my first day in Hanoi, I stumbled across one such cafe that was completely covered in love-letter post-it notes. 

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I then wandered around Hoan Kiem Lake, a place where you can find peace and quiet to counter the city’s liveliness. 

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Another amazing part of Hanoi was the famous (and sometimes terrifying) Train Street, an active railroad track where locals hang around until the next train comes. I enjoyed some Banh Mi while sitting alongside these railroad tracks. 

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My friends also took the opportunity to try egg coffee, which as it turns out, it’s more of a dessert than a drink. We sat outside of the cafe with our drinks and took in some more views. 

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The best part of this beautiful little city was that the locals were so kind and easy-going. You could tell they had a relaxed and carefree outlook on life—and if you don’t believe me, here’s some Vietnamese graffiti: 

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The overall atmosphere of this city was one that was welcoming and peaceful, which made this one of my favorite cities I’ve ever visited.

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