We have been in Hanoi, Vietnam since March 13th and to say it's been interesting is an understatement. So interesting that we did an entire video about our initial few days along with why we decided to move here and as such I'm not going to go into to much detail about the first few days.
We are now on day 13, almost two whole weeks and it's been a weird hybrid of not stressing to totally stressing in a matter of hours daily. In part because of the pressure being put on us by us. I'm constantly thinking what if? What if they lock us down, do we have enough food to last two weeks or more? Phone service? Internet? How far will our dollar go?
What does all pf that mean pr matter in a country in which we are at best visitors at worst "bringers of the plague".
Secondly is the Xenophobia that is currently sweeping across most countries but add to that Black skin and not only do they think we are carriers but also thieves. We were followed by security staff in one store for the entire time we were in there, even up to the register. I'm not even go into the staring because I'm sort of numb to that. Though I do wonder if it's skin or Corona related.
It's not all doom and gloom, one of the more pleasant aspects of our stay is the current apartment that we are renting. It's in Ecopark and quite far from most things but that's a benefit in these times. Well except that there is no food delivery, which is more sad than anything. A sista is slightly tired of cooking every day, I've been spoiled by food delivery in every country we've visited.
Space wise it's perfect for our family, not to old, not to new which is perfect for our budget. As we are counting coins as we watch this affect the Travel Industry along with so many others. Below are a couple of pics. Again it's a basic apartment, our last apartment in Malaysia was more modern but it was also way smaller!
There is a gym (which they just shut down), grocery store, restaurants, coffee shops and an abundance of green space. Very not the norm here.
In the middle of all of this we are doing what makes us happy and keeps us sane, Amber walks or work out, I read and research recipes and Kwesi watches endless hours of anime in between life changing discussions on Discord with his friends. We are doing good. Counting down slowly and adapting to what will probably be a full 90 days here in Veitnam.
How are you doing? What is your city/state doing to stop the spread? What are you doing to make it through the day?