Our 2nd day in Hanoi, Quyen Tran, a tour guide and lecturer in Hospitality and Tourism volunteered to help us do a few errands. He’d heard that some Canadian guy was coming to work in his department at Hanoi Open University. So off we went to Viettel where Quyen helped Tim buy his first cell phone (quite unbelievable) and showed me how to purchase a SIM card. And then he told us he wanted us to come to his home village. “But don’t you think you want to know us a bit better, you know have a few dates” I joked “before taking us home to your parents”. But secretly I was thinking “YES! Let’s go“.
Quyen and Tim have become buddies. And last week we were invited back to Quyen’s home village to spend a national holiday. It’s in Ninh Binh District and when I asked Quyen what his village was called, he explained that it was considered Village #7 in the area. I think I missed something in the explanation but it doesn’t matter. Not only was it was peaceful and quiet, we were wined, dined and welcomed by everyone in his family. It was just amazing.