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Hanoi: Day 2

I packed a banana with me so I had a snack during our tour. After eating it, a guy on the street noticed I was holding an unwanted banana peel and directed me to just toss it into the street gutter. I had seen other people do this before, but I was trying to stick to my silly Western conceptions of garbage disposal by putting it in a proper receptacle. But you know, when in Rome…

I’ve had pho twice so far. Hoisin sauce, which for years I’ve been telling my friends was a near-essential part of the pho-eating experience, hasn’t been seen anywhere. Neither time was at a specialized pho place, so I may still yet encounter the brown condiment.

Anyway, as far as sights, we saw a really old pagoda (the name escapes me right now), One-Pillar Pagoda, the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and museum, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, and the first university in Vietnam (now nothing but a tourist attraction). They shuffle you so quickly through the Ong Ho’s supposely-preserved body (it’s gotta be wax) you get about 10 seconds with him. No hands in your pockets, no shorts, no sunglasses resting on top of your head… There are very strict restrictions on what you can look like in there.

I didn’t realize I’d be shooting video in such short snippets, but so far the clips are 30 seconds to at most maybe 5 minutes, so by the end of the day I have like 70 segments on the SD card. Identifying and editing these clips is going to be a massive nightmare. Also 99% of it is shot handheld and it’ll look like shit probably. There’s rarely time to unfold a tripod. Thankfully Dad and Quynh have the still photography duty.

1 Response to “Hanoi: Day 2”

  1. 1 Justin

    Fast cuts, well-edited, can look good. Put in some transitions in iMovie, and hey maybe that new image stabilization feature, and it’ll be awesome. If anything, it’ll probably keep interest up with a quicker pace.

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