Posts tagged “Hanoi

vietnam stories – your days are over

it became the talk of the town. for the first time a buffalo fight took place in town. tickets were sold out some days before. then the big day came. tension was high. the fights started in the early morning. for the buffalos the last chance. the butchers were waiting


vietnam days – the queens

early morning in Hanoi is special. Hanoi is ruled by the ladies with their mobile kitchens. they are the queens of sticky rice, noodle soup, sausages. they have their little fantastic kingdoms at every corner – all the breakfast food is available. each of the ladies is preparing her speciality. everything is perfectly arranged in that elegant way the ladies prepare food.  it’s magic how they keep all what they need in their mobile kitchen so clean and in order

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vietnam days – the phở bò

for sure she is the queen of phở bò. she prepares the best noodle soup (phở bò) for breakfast I ever tasted. for years now, I always stop at her shop and have my breakfast soup there. even coming from the airport the first thing I do in Hanoi I go for a phở bò. I always had to hurry up, next costumers are waiting

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vietnam days – the fish

it was a red snapper. the chef prepared the snapper carefully in his kitchen.
first he cleaned the red snapper. in a big pot the fish was steamed. the
chef added a lot of fresh herbs. and that was all. just pure fish. the taste
was good!

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vietnam days – the craftsmen

I couldn’t sleep. they hammered the whole night next door. early morning I stepped into the pagoda next door to find out what was going on. I found carpenters hammering, sawing and slicing, rebuilding the pagoda.  in the traditional way. they invited me to stay. I stayed and learned a lot. the following night I understood the sound and continued sleeping

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vietnam stories – the search

I wanted to illustrate green jobs, when I ran into the electro guy Toan. just behind the hotel in the old quarter. I watched him for some hours. he used old wire to repair electro – motors. what a great use of resources. then I set up the green. everthing changed and the street was entertained

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vietnam stories – the new world

 just around the corner I discovered a secret new world. this world only exist in the night. a world full of little monsters, dragons and believes. I was allowed in. we, humans, are just accepted as guests in this world. searching for the way out

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vietnam stories – the food street

luckily I had a day off and was running around in the old town of Hanoi.  near the lake I stepped into the street full of restaurants. every restaurant offers the same food. phở cuôn – noodle rolls. I started in the first restaurant

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vietnam stories – the policeman

for sure it was a mass. nobody was moving. a total standstill. than he came. slowly around the corner. he whistled, waved, shouted and gave directions. he tried his best. suddenly everybody disappeared. it was finished

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vietnam stories – Quốc lộ 1A

Quốc lộ 1A is the name for the next 2000km to Hanoi. from the south to the north. it took us four days to reach. on the road again. we crossed the country before we came back to Hanoi. finally I coudn’t sit anymore

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vietnam stories – the food

Bun Bo. the best Bun Bo in town. I found it just next to my Hotel in Duong Thanh St in Hanoi. she cooked so elegantly, that I always stopped on the way back to the hotel to watch her. first she carefully fried garlic, then thin sliced beef (bo), after that she added the rice noodles (bun). then she tops everything with peanuts and fried onions. finally she adds her secret. now a year later she’s gone

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vietnam stories – the sunday

just one of this lazy sunday afternoons. I was full of no coffee. dreaming of Cà phê đá, a nice cup of  vietnamese ice-coffee. on my way to the cafe next door the rain hit me. I never experienced such rain ever before.  10 min later everything was flooded. no Cà phê đá

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the rain

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the rain came quick. really quick. nearly too quick for me. the whole morning everybody in town talked about the rain will come. the rain came and it really rained. water flooded the street. suddenly after half hour the rain stopped. everything went back to normal. first a coffee


vietnam – the lake

6.00h the telephone was ringing. somebody tried to call someone. but didn#t wanted to talk to me. anyway it was too early to talk. I decided go for a walk around the Lake. in the center of the old quarter in Hanoi. everybody is going to the lake at this early morning hours to exercise. the whole world is stretching, jumping and playing.  at 8.00h it’s all over. time for a coffee

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