Today was our last day here in Hanoi and we got to experience something not most people do. We met a family at Hoan Kiem Lake which is located in the center of the city. They invited us back to their house for supper. We brought them some sweets wrapped in colorful paper as a gift. (HINT: be careful when bringing a gift to a Vietnamese family not to bring a handkerchief, anything black or any yellow flowers.) They taught us a little bit about the Vietnamese dining etiquette when we were there such as the oldest person sits down and is served first out of respect and dishes should be passed with both hands.
Vietnamese life revolves around family and it is very common to see three generations living together which we saw at our new friend’s house. A couple other things we were taught when we were there were you should not pass anything over somebody’s head, touch anyone’s shoulder or stand with your hands on your hips which was hard for Downnie to adjust to because she always stands like that!
Anyways we better get going, we have to wake up at 1:00am to catch our plane and begin our trip back to Canada. This trip has been extraordinary and we all would come back in a second if we had the chance. There is so much history here as well as beauty and anyone would be crazy not to go! See you guys soon, we’ll be the ones in the sandals made of tire rubber, the traditional Ao Dai’s (dresses) and Non La’s (traditional conical hats made of straw)!
Ps - Here is a website with a bunch of Hanoi attractions if you guys want to check it out!