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Coffee with vibrator

Military Museum

Military Museum

My first morning in Hanoi: just twenty minutes of walking and road-crossing has used up a lifetime supply  of adrenalin. Next door to the military museum is the cool courtyard of a ‘Highlands Coffee’ outlet, where you can order delicious cold drinks by pictures. I point to  a creamy whisky-flavoured concoction and pay at the central till. In exchange for 39,000 dong (just over £1), I am given a slim plastic box which promises (on the English side of it) to light up and vibrate when my drink is ready for collection. And vibrate it does, clattering wonderfully all over the metal table top before throwing itself into a potted palm.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Lenin Park, and the surrounding buildings, are a tribute to good old-fashioned communist utilitarianism. I love the poster depictions of a fantasy society where flowers, ruby-cheeked schoolchildren, weaponry and military might co-exist in harmonious optimism. It’s hard to remember that this is still real and now – it’s not meant to be satirical or funny. (But it’s very funny!)

 

 

 

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This entry was posted on December 13, 2015 by in city breaks, Walking, Writing and tagged , , .
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