Happy New Year 2017!I wish you happiness, love, luck, peace, and success in the year to come. I just got back from my Vietnam trip and would love to share some of my good and bad experiences throughout this trip with you all. I'll be very frank, no sugar coated as I really do hope this and all the up-coming posts about Vietnam could help some of you decide if Vietnam is your dream destination or not...
We spent 3 days in Hanoi and it was our first stop. My friend and I arrived Hanoi on Christmas eve, so we decided to go out exploring the street of Hanoi and catch some Christmas vibes at St.Joseph's Cathedral which located very close to where we were staying. There were aChristmas performances in front of the Cathedral, the street and bars around the area were packed with people. You will see motorcycles and cars beeping loudly everywhere on the street. No offense but I found it extremely unpleasant! They cause both air and noise pollution. I have to say the traffic was crazy and it always a challenge to cross the street. However, you just have to accept the fact that it's their culture and be very careful when walking on the street. Not exactly the ideal for cozy Christmas celebration.
After exploring a bit of old Quarter in Hanoi, we decided to go to The Hanoi Social Club a more quiet place perfect for our Christmas eve chill out. This is a Hidden gem. I love the old colonial building and its cozy decoration. We ordered some dessert to share and they were pretty delicious!
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Address: Quan Hoan Kiem, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
The Hanoi Social Club This multi-cuisine serving healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. They also have regular live music every Tuesday night. Address: 6 Ngo Haoi Vu, Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam Operating hours: Daily 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Exhibition: Rana Begum: The Space Between (30 June -18 September 2016)
Bangladeshi London-based artist's first major exhibition in public UK institution.
Address:14 Wharf Road London N1 7RW
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
London Tube: Angel
No.670, 2016 is the highlight and a huge installation created especially of this exhibition. Steel-mesh fencing arrange in Massive Maze-like that allows us to walk through and experience the sense of infinity bound with geometric repetition.