Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hanoi: Shopping and Galavanting in the Old Quarter

     The Old Quarter in Hanoi is a pretty busy and bustling place, tightly adjoined stores nuzzle into one another selling things from knock off sandals, stamps, fruits and's a market, a bar central area, a cafe zone- tourist kazaa. Even though full of visitors, there's a lot to see here, that's worth wandering through. Ani and I did hours of walking, shopping, coffee drinking, kicking it through this's some photo porn:

Nick Lachey...he's back (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     The signs reminded me of my time in Changchun, celebrates copy and pasted onto billboards or signs, shamelessly 'promoting' hair styles, to watches, to douches. I haven't heard of any 98degrees stuff going down since the late 90's...good to see Nick Lachey still has it going on for hair shops.      I love the produce section of any store, but mostly of markets. I liek the yelling, the haggling, the ordering and sloppy shifting of veggies. It's dirty, stressful, and...I like the rush. At least, that's what I'm used to, and think of when it comes to markets...Vietnam, chill produce sales. Was it strange I felt...calm?

veggies!! (photo taken by VeganBeats)
donuts (DON'T BUY= unsanitary and poor quality) photo taken by VeganBeats
     In the folds of these markets are eateries, and even though this gets me all sad to see anything crammed in a tank, for those foodies out there- if you're going to consume animals, try to be as local as possible.
clams (?) photo taken by VeganBeats
crabs...)O: (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     I have to admit, we all know the vegan deal is staying, just about the only lifestyle I'll commit whole-heartedly to, but local, local is so important. I realize, recognize, and accept that vegan is something I have chosen, and not everyone is going to do my lifestyle...hell if I'd do theirs- I try to push for local. Kepp it fresh and community based if you want to put these living things in your body.

Fresher~> less distance traveled (by theory)~> (hopefully) less harmful to your body + it's better for your neighbors, community, and family. 
beautiful fish (photo taken by VeganBeats)
riding ma bike (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     I miss fruit....fresh, voluptuous, juicy, sexy, tropical- exotic fruits. Korea, I love you, but the apples, melons, pears, nectarines- I got these in the states. Show me something different, tease my taste-buds will ya?!!
jackfruit (photo taken by VeganBeats)
dragon fruit and rambutan...chillen, no big (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     I HIGHLY recommend getting  a passion-fruit. Wrinkly and not very pretty on the outside, get a knife, grab a spoon, slice this baby into two and spoon some of that tart sweet juicy goodness.
do your tongue a flavor, have a passion-fruit (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     So these beautiful fruits, the cows, birds, homeless animals )O:~ nom on an ideal next life- I'll be one of these (I vote free rolling cow or flock away bird) kicking it in Vietnam~~~
                "Ah, thanks for the dragon fruit, oh mangosteen and passion-fruit; don't mind if I do..."

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