Hungry street seller in Hanoi By Luke Simmons

As bad luck would have it, whenever you're not interested in buying something while in Asia, you'll be guaranteed to have every vendor make a magnetic beeline towards you. They'll be trying to sell you food, drinks, sin (wide variety), and/or shonky looking trinkets.

On this occasion, I was in Hanoi with two good friends and we'd completed an afternoon of exploring the ├╝ber busy and beautiful old town on foot. We were navigating our way through the streets and I felt a hankering for some of those delicious, bite sized "dwarf bananas".

It was now the hunters becoming the hunted - but I couldn't find anyone! After some unsuccessful searching, my eyes lit up and I flagged down a middle aged woman who was balancing her wares with a wooden board across her shoulders.

Knowing they would be dirt cheap anyway, I took control of the situation and asked her if I could sample one of her bananas to make sure they were in season and in good shape. After eating most of the (delicious) banana in one bite, I asked her how much and then paid on the spot.

However, I didn't want to litter and asked her whether she had a bin for the banana skin. I'm not sure whether she understood my question 100% because she grabbed the almost-finished banana from me, quickly gobbled down the rest, threw it on the ground and then took off.

With that little bit of sustenance in her belly, she was already off looking for her next customer.

I think we bonded though.

in Hanoi, Vietnam


I believe that life is a (relatively) short ride and that it's crucial to squeeze as many good times out of it as possible. I love travelling, music, reading, writing, all kinds o' sport, & my wife!

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