Friday, February 08, 2008

Say cheese!

It’s the Year of the Rat!

Day 1 of the New Year was Thursday, so Hanoi has been very quiet for the past couple of days. Most of the Blue Dragon kids have headed back to the countryside; I’ve been looking after just 5 boys who have no family to go to. Our drop in center is running on a skeleton staff in case of emergency – but thankfully, everything has been peaceful so far.

Going about the streets has been nice; there’s hardly anybody about so for once the traffic isn’t totally insane. One odd thing has been that people have abandoned wearing helmets. Back in December, the government introduced a regulation that all motorbike riders must wear helmets, and their enforcement was so good that easily 99% of people have been following the law. But for some reason, Tet seems to be the time to leave the helmet at home…

Blue Dragon will get back to normal on Tuesday in the coming week. I’ll add another post over the weekend about some of the food-related fun of the past weeks.

Chuc mung nam moi!

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