Vidotour’s Hang Nguyen led us through Saturday’s walking tour (lunch at Hanoi’s storied Metropole hotel, some old-town roaming, a visit to the Hanoj Cinematheque). Hang has been married for two years to a British language teacher from Leeds. Over lunch we discussed the not-so-great health care situation in Vietnam. Hang and hubby are saving money with a plan to move to England and buy a residence there.

Hang Nguyen

I’m not an electrician, but I doubt that American, German or Swiss electricians just toss coils and coils of phone and cable wires underneath sidewalks like this.