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In the streets of Hanoi (88)
holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6964 W: 407 N: 13781] (65278)
In April 1995 I was sent by my company to Vietnam to write stories ahead of the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war. I had been to Vietnam as a tourist less than two years earlier, the first year that foreigners were allowed to travel freely and individually in Vietnam. I liked it so much that I decided to return as soon as possible, I just needed somebody else to pay. The anniversary proved to be a fine excuse.

It was one of the nicest assignments I ever had. For three weeks I travelled through the country, from Hanoi to Saigon, writing the stories of my own choice with no need for the stressful daily hunt for news. I only occasionally even bothered to keep in touch with my office. I had a great time!

I met lots of interesting people and saw interesting places connected with the war or recent developments in the country. Unfortunately most of the pictures I took were supposed to fit my stories and interviews and were not terribly interesting out of that context. I didn't have much time for regular sightseeing or just strolling the streets looking for photos.

When sorting out my photos from this journey I found just a handful worth scanning and posting here. I start my journey today with three pictures from the streets of Hanoi, the kind of unimportant glimpses of daily life of ordinary people that I usually prefer to register. Apart from this woman selling hats in a street, after finishing her lunch of noodle soup, you will find two workshops. They were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Here is a larger version of the hat lady.

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holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6964 W: 407 N: 13781] (65278)
Edited by:holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6964 W: 407 N: 13781] (65278)

Outside a florist shop in Hanoi.

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holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6964 W: 407 N: 13781] (65278)
Edited by:holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6964 W: 407 N: 13781] (65278)

What happened to my tree? The old woman in the old part of Hanoi looks bewildered as the tree that had been standing there for as long as she could remember is taken away to its last resting place.