Writing & Living in Hanoi, Vietnam
Travel or live in Vietnam for more than six months and you will soon acquire the local customs and habits without even noticing. Here are 10 sure signs you have embraced your inner Vietnamese-ness.
1.) You have taken off a sandal and sat on it – you don’t want to get your shorts dirty when there are no seats available. Just be sure to steady yourself while hopping around trying to keep your one barefoot clean when it is time to go.
2.) You are no longer self-conscious about picking your nose in public – blame the weather for drying up the inside of your nose. When in Rome etc.
3.) You have spat on the street or whilst driving your motorbike. Disgusting for sure. But somehow the odd gob in the street seems more accepted here than at home. Better out than in.
4.) You know the difference between a Honda Wave and a Honda Win. You have by stealth become a two-wheeled connoisseur and can rattle on for 20 minutes about the merits and demerits of your favourite ‘motobike’.
5.) You feel uncomfortable whenever there are no toothpicks within arm’s reach. What’s not to like about a toothpick wedged in the corner of your mouth till the end is all soggy.
6.) You know Vietnamese text slang. Ooh, I am so cool dropping in dc and GATO occasionally.
7.) You rank your beers in order of preference. For the record, mine is Bia Hanoi, Truc Bach, Saigon, Bia Ken.
8.) You have completed all the Hanoi places to see listed on TripAdvisor. It’s one way to get to know the city and your way around. Kills time between classes.
9.) Your eating habits revolve around a small number of eating places that are known for their signature dishes. Pho bo in the morning. Bun cha in the afternoon.
10.) None of the above seems even remotely weird.