November 11, 2014
China has its wall, Egypt has its pyramids, and Italy has its colosseum. What do these have in common? They’re all considered, by society, to be some of the greatest wonders of the world. These sites are the bodies of vacation decision making. The purpose of spending time in these places is usually just to “see,” to have bragging rights at the table, to set foot. Every other location is neglected due to this community assumption that anything not considered a sight worth seeing. These “wonders” of the world might be some of the greatest sightseeing places to go, but a trip to Vietnam is just as enticing. The uniqueness of Vietnam is not just what there is to see, but the culture of food, and the New Year’s event.
Naturally, a unique aspect of Vietnamese culture is the traditional style of living. A typical day in the city of Hanoi starts with waking up on the bed with no mattress but a matt. The room is in a thin building, neighboring other, small width buildings. In a poor neighborhood, to take a bath comprises of taking a bucket or container, filling it with water and pouring it over oneself. More prospered neighborhoods will have proper showers with bathtubs and showerheads. The floor level of these buildings might be either shops selling quality clothing, bamboo hats, crafts, or food items, or it could be a museum in order to preserve the family’s history during the wars or their ancestry. These “houses” are compact, set right next to each other, side by side, wall to wall. Gazing towards the front of the streets, one might notice various colors. These colors range from dull to bright locating on buildings, signs, and flags where not one color is too overbearing, except maybe the vast amounts of national flags of Vietnam represented by a yellow star on a bright red background. Walking around, the sounds of engines fill the air as many traverse the streets by mopeds, motorcycles, and regular...