First Impressions of Hanoi, Vietnam, a Second Time

The gentle art of crossing the street came back so quickly. It’d been years, seven years, but it felt like yesterday. Waiting for a fleeting sliver of space, waiting for that moving window of opportunity between the cars and the buses, the bicycles and the swarming beehive of motorbikes, looking right and looking left, looking left and looking right once more, you step into the street like you’ve been there before. You are confident and your motion is fluid. When you see it you go for it and you don’t turn back. You keep going forward, head swiveling side to

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