This last week was the first of my five week autumn break. Tomorrow, I leave for four weeks in Myanmar, but this week was a chance to spend time in Hanoi without any tiresome work-based distractions. I’ve been spending my time taking pictures, reading, thinking about my upcoming trip and just enjoying being in Hanoi in the autumn, the season which I always think suits the city best. These are four simple street portraits taken over the last few days.
This will be my second trip to Myanmar, having spent three memorable weeks there in February and March of this year; I think I started mentally planning a return trip about three days in to that first visit. I’m looking forward to visiting Yangon and Mandalay again, but also to getting out of the cities and seeing more of the smaller towns and countryside. I have lots of half-formed ideas about places I would like to see, but no fixed itinerary. I’ll be travelling light: one camera (I only own one camera) and two prime lenses, a 35mm and an 85mm (plus clothes and toiletries and books and stuff). I’m leaving my laptop behind, so it will be a while before I post any pictures from the trip, but I have some Hanoi-centric posts lined up to keep the blog ticking over while I’m away.
Since I’ve been feeling positively disposed towards Hanoi over the last week, I’ve updated the slideshow on the homepage of this site, so that it now shows some of my favourite pictures taken in the city over the last couple of years. There are probably too many for one slideshow, but I’ve not been feeling very ruthless this week, and couldn’t decide which ones to cull. The previous occupants of the homepage, pictures from my 2013 Mekong trip, have been shuffled over to the gallery page.