The nice thing about where I live in Vietnam is my daily running route. Normally I go around the east side of Hanoi’s West Lake (or Tay Ho) and here’s an assortment of things I can see on my run:
My run normally brings me past Phu Tay Ho pagoda, a popular destination for unmarried people to come and present offerings on Sundays and the first and fifteen day of the lunar month to pray for good fortune.
And outside the temple there are food markets, their speciality being pretty deep fried prawns in batter. Though admittedly I’ve never been tempted to stop and eat some on my run.
There’s all sorts of things that can bought along Yen Phu where I run.
There’s loads of fruit, watermelon, oranges, dragon fruit, papaya, giant grapefruit, custard apples, bananas…
There’s flower sellers, everything from roses to lilies and peach blossom, a bunch costing around 1 US dollar.
There’s also the sweet smell of banana fritters to be bought on the roadside for 4000 Vietnamese Dong or around 20 US cents.
At the moment, there’s loads of Tet trees being transported to homes. They are the traditional tree used to decorate homes to welcome in the Chinese new year.
But what’s nicest about my route is the run around the lake.
And you’ll always see guys fishing in it, and even though everyone says the water is badly polluted, they still manage to catch huge fish.
So as you can see, there’s lots of interesting things to look at and distract me as I do my daily run.
Even a city run on tarmaced roads can admittedy be quite a fun route.