Lunch with Obama in Hanoi

Just arrived last night to the capital of Ho Chi Minh and I’m back with mi chulo! The salsa scene in Hanoi was good and I’m hoping to find even better in Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh. I understand the history and it’s interesting how the people in the south refer it to Saigon and the people in the north refer it to Ho Chi Minh. Let me know when Ken Burns releases that documentary about the Vietnam War.
More about the salsa scene. There’s an intensive 8-hour salsa on 2 going on on next week. Did you know that the Vietnamese can dance? Oh, they have style. They’re into salsa, bachata and kizomba. Club hopping was fun the other night because all you need is a phone, the Grab app and for less than $2, you can have a moped driver whisk you off to another club.
I’ll be here till May 21, 2017  if anyone wants to hang out and do some of the activities: dance, check out the Mekong Delta, hike through Cu Chi Tunnels, visit the War Remnants Museum… 📸 I’m really bad at taking pictures but here’s a highlight of my week in Hanoi:
  • I saw Ho Chi Minh. I waited in line for about 45 minutes to catch a few glimpses of him. After he passed away, they preserved his body so yes, I know that he passed away a long, long time ago.
  • I had Bun Cha at a popular restaurant in the French Quarter. I was enjoying lunch by myself and the table next to me picked up the check. Com on!
The biggest highlight was having lunch with Obama! Gabriela, Kenza (who are not from the U.S.) and I had lunch at the same place where Obama and Anthony Bourdain ate. 🍲 Going in, we knew that the reviews and service would be bad but we didn’t care. Obama was there! Both of my non-American companions are fans of the guy. Shows you that the world is still mourning for the man who speaks to my heart whenever he opens his mouth on YouTube.
Update: The service was terrible and we had better Bun Cha for less at other places. But as I said, we expected that going in and Obama was there with us in spirit.