However we weren't in Hanoi for long before we were on a trip to Halong Bay (which she booked for us) which is a little over 100kms away from Hanoi. Sounds like it’s close huh? Well given that the highway is not that good and it’s choked with motos, the trip takes about 3 hours by bus.
The various ports of calls that required me to bust out my nautical gymnastic moves allowed us to kayak, visit caves, climb to the top of the islands for the views, and go to the beach. After travelling through cities, communing with nature was very nice.However, it wasn't a complete escape as we still had to us to hear the pitches of locals looking to sell us something. However given the relative isolation of the bay I had to give them credit. In many ways it was the picture of entrepreneurship.
Yes both the Spaniard and I entered another country that's nominally communist despite the best efforts of their citizens. . .