Most people do not know Tet, but it is the same as Chinese New Year but in Vietnam. This is actually my 3rd Tet in Hanoi, 2008, 2010 and 2011. I hate Tet because Hanoi becomes quiet and shuts down. Shops are closed, street food vendors don't go to their usual corners and if you are lucky enough to find someone selling, prices skyrocket because....it is Tet. I feel like Scrooge because this is the holiday season but for a foreigner, Tet is boring, except for the fireworks. Since Hanoi is the major metropolitan center of North Vietnam many people move to Hanoi for opportunities and then return to their home and family in Tet, one reason the city is quiet. A quick view of Tet from my perspective. Long story short I am bored with nothing to do, so I am writing this.
Many of my foreign friends, and even some Vietnamese ones travel for Tet and I keep thinking about it, even just hoping on the first bus that I see but I am controlling my travel bug with the light at the end of the tunnel.
February 28 to March 7 - Home, CT
March 8 to March 18 - St John, VI
March 19 to March 25 - Home, CT
March 26 to March 30 - San Fransisco, CA
April 1 to April 4 - Hong Kong
I want to see EVERYONE so please let me know if you will be around