Women’s Day in Vietnam, the sideways Eiffell Tower, and a wrapped up Red Rose

22 Oct

After being told by several Vietnamese people to visit Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi, we decided to pay it a visit. The bridge is a pretty incredible but patchy steel structure designed by Gustave Eiffel, the architect behind the creation of the Eiffel Tower.

Underneath on the Red River, around 40 incredibly poor Vietnamese families live on boats. On top, trains, bikes and mopeds whizz by, and pedestrians stroll along, soaking up the scenery. By the time we made it onto the walkway it was already getting dark, but earlier on I reckon it would have been a great spot to view the sunset.

After walking for about 20 minutes, we reached the half way point where we met a lovely Vietnamese boy wearing a crisp white shirt, standing next to a moped with a wrapped up red rose. He made polite small talk with us but seemed sad.

As we were about to leave, he asked Dom if I was his girlfriend and said, “It’s Women’s Day in Vietnam.” He then gave away his red rose for Dom to give to me. I can only assume that his date had stood him up.

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One Response to “Women’s Day in Vietnam, the sideways Eiffell Tower, and a wrapped up Red Rose”

  1. Jane Eve October 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Oh that is so sad 😦

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