Sometimes people ask me what my life is like in Hanoi. What do I do in my free time, who do I hang out with, etc.
It was Matias’ birthday and so he had a little party at his place. The weather was perfect for an evening on a balcony overlooking Truc Bach Lake. It was the type of party any of us might have in our own hometowns, just minus the large crowds of friends we don’t have the luxury of seeing while living abroad.
We camped out at the table on the balcony, drank some beers, munched on potato chips, told stories. The main difference was that we have an international group of friends, and so we sang Matias birthday songs in other languages. That’s the fun part of living abroad. You don’t just learn about the culture you are living in, but also about the other expats who are right there with you….missing home, managing day-to-day, learning lots and having birthdays.