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[Photos] An Homage to the Colorful Characters of Hanoi

There you are, waiting on the edge of the sidewalk.

In front of you, a wide, recently painted zebra crossing, and Hoan Kiem Lake on the other side. Swarms of motorcycles occupy the road side to side, between them just a handful of boxy spaces occupied by cars driven by men with intense glares and tense forearms. 

The Old City seems to be built around Hoan Kiem Lake, and I can't even imagine how many laps I have done around it, camera in hand, taking surprise family portraits or shots of vendors and making self-aware cops feel uncomfortable.

The thing I love the most about Hanoi? The people: the honest, bold, funny, cigarette smoke-filled, interesting and unapologetic characters.

 


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