Yesterday we went into the city to buy pearls at a market located in Pu Xi. I would love to tell you where that is but I really do not know. Back in the day I would have had my nose in a map located us and even telling the person that live here year around how to get where we are going. But now? My goodness do you think I threw out the baby with the bath water?
We wondered what we were doing out yesterday at all really. The girls asthma is acting up and the air quality was so bad you could have cut it with a knife. After a drive across the city, lunch at Blue Frog and a walk to the market to buy a scarf ($12 today) I commented that it was the perfect day. Lunch, shopping and fresh air. My daughter-in-law was hysterical at the "fresh air" part. Really, when you looked out the windows of the car, you wanted to hold your breath.
We drove by the small cove nearby my son's home. Boats dock here at night. The people's road was being used by fishermen to repair nets and scooters drove on both sides of the road. We had seen rice being dried on the road earlier in December. The road had been recently paved so it was much improved in the time we were in Vietnam. At least the pot holes were gone. This small community is near the airport and Chinese hotels line the way. When we were here before I saw a dog being slaughtered either for it's meat or fur. I have not seen that this time.
|Online map of Hanoi|
The Outer Ring Roads that circle the city were constructed the year before the Expo was held here in the city. If I had a big paper map I would be very certain about how it looked. The Chinese completed it in less than two years we were told. It is a miracle for traveling from this location near the Pu Dong airport into the center of the city. This freeway proves that all things are possible when you have such a large labor pool and a communist government with a goal in mind.
Watch China very carefully in the coming years. The inflation we see here is bound to seep down into the market that produces goods we buy in the United States. I cannot imagine that the cost for labor is not going to explode one day soon!
In fact if I had a paper map, I would want it to include a path not only geographically but economically as well! Just a thought!