Hello you guys, I’m so excited and have to say that it was our great effort to finish this nice tour today. We tried our best.

PICKING UP

Well, it came as a surprise to us that for our own first tour together, we’re welcomed with the heavy storm.
Although I started 7.15am from my house, I couldn’t come to the meeting place on time because of traffic congestion. PiNK, my lovely sister who arrived so early, controlled everything well. She came to the hotel to pick up the tourists and told them our schedule. At first, she was very worried because she thought that she would be put in the same situation as her previous tour. Someone ( I’m sure everyone knows who he is == ) abandoned her in spite of her strong belief. But don’t worry, my beloved. I am always beside you. Just kidding

DURING THE TOUR:

We began our tour with discovering Hoa Lo prison. At first, we told them about the establishment and purpose of the prison. Then we visited 4 main areas to keep the prisons ( stockade for male, the stockade for female, cachot and death row cells). Stockade for female and death row cells made a greater impression on them. They felt very terrified when they heard about ways to torture female prisoners. Moreover, when we told them about the torture which put prisoners in an empty tank and beat from outside, Alison couldn’t hide her utter surprise and she said ” Fuck”. Ok. It’s fine. After that, we moved to the place that memorizes the Vietnamese soldiers. We told them about the meanings of two colors there ( black & red) and asked their’s understanding about incense culture. It is surprising that in their country, they also burn incense to worship. Finally, we had a quick look at areas that show the life of American prisoners.

We emphasized that it was one of Hồ Chí Minh’s smart political policy to change American soldiers’ attitude toward Vietnam war. When mentioning Hồ Chí Minh, we suggested them going to Hồ Chí Minh mausoleum to discover more about our Greatfather. They felt very excited. However, it was quite late and I was afraid that mausoleum closed so I suggested they should visit Temple of Literature first and in the afternoon, we would visit Hồ Chí Minh mausoleum. They agreed.
The next destination was Temple of Literature. Killen felt very excited to know that Temple of Literature is the first university in Vietnam and many graduates go there to take photos. She has just graduated. Well, we told them about the general information of this construction ( Temple worships Confucius and scholar Chu Van An and Temple of Literature is the place that high-rank students in examination studied in the past). Continuously, we told the meanings of Khue Van Pavilion and some symbols around there. They were quite impressed when seeing Stele garden and story about stele put on the back of tortoise. Passing through the structure deeper, we told them about habit of Vietnamese students going there to pray for luck before their important examination. We also told them about story relating to the image of crane standing on the back of tortoise ( a symbol appearing a lot in the temple in Vietnam). Finally, we visited areas to worship scholar Chu Văn An. They took a lot of photos in Temple of Literature.

Hanoi free tours by foot - a great tour under the storm

Drinking Egg coffee

They felt thirsty so that we found a place to drink. During the break, we found out that they wanted to come back Old Quarter to have lunch, especially trying bread. Courtney seems to be a fan of bread, all of the time, she reminded us to try bread. We caught the taxi to come back Hoan Kiem lake. Therefore, we had a chance to introduce them about the legend, Tortoise Tower and Pen Tower. When coming to Old Quarter, as you know, the road was dirty and slippery with mud. As soon as Killen warned us ” Be careful. It’s muddy”, she fell out…Omg.. So, We took her to their hotel to change her clothes. While waiting for her, we had a long talk to Courtney. She was so lovely and friendly. Next, as for Courtney’s expectation, we went to bread store in Hang Ca Steet and they were very satisfied to try it. They said, ” if they have more time, they will eat it every day”. Wow. We’re pleased to hear that. Then, we had a quick look at Dong Xuan market.
The last destination is Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. It is pity that mausoleum wasn’t open but we gave them more information about Ho Chi Minh and a bit One pillar pagoda. Because Courtney felt tired, we decided to finish our tour here.

We came back their hotel. They gave us big hug and thanked us for a great trip today.