Hi there.Well, I suppose you have all been wondering about the adverse weather conditions that are currently occuring over this side of the world.....I'll tell you, but want to tell you about crazy Hanoi first! Hanoi is the busiest place we have ever seen. Scooters, cars, cyclo's everywhere. You often see families of four squeezed onto a small scooter-this would never happen in England! Its a fascinating place with streets that wind in and out of each other all selling the same product (shoe street, moon cake street, silk street etc). Its almost as if families open their first floor of their home as a business. You can eat anywhere. There are stalls selling Pho (chicken broth with noodles-very nice) for less than $1 and the cool kids seem to hang out near a Cathedral and constantly eat their way trhough piles of sesame seeds! The town centre is stunning, it centres round a lake which has a huge temple situated in the middle of it. Very ornate. We walked all round the city, got a little lost but managed to find our way back to our Hostel. We visited Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum-he is still adored in Northern Vietnam, there is Communist propaganda everywhere. The Museum is very pro-Communist, and had artefacts such as 'wheelchair that may have been used to carry wounded to hospital!' Also, 'pen used by Ho Chi Minh!' There is a HCM Museum in every city in Vietnam, so I can imagine the important artefacts have to be shared evenly!