Carolyn is an Australian teacher of music who travels to Hanoi to teach english and hopes to find romance as she is single. Her first impressions are not good as she is shocked at the abject poverty and finds the heat and humidity opressive 38 degress, its also the start of the monsoon season. She has to cope with 6 lanes without traffic lights! Pavements full of sellers sitting by the roadside with no place to walk and in the rain they become fast flowing rivers. She manages to make some friends with the locals as she wishes to live amongst them, others do not take to westerners. It takes her a month to find where the other expats hangout.
There is plenty of humour in this book, you get the feel and taste of Vietnam with all the detail that is written, it is also very revealing about how it feels to live in a communist country still poverty stricken from its legacy of war. For a first book this is well written and draws you in. Really enjoyable and I highly recommend it.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1442 KB
- Print Length: 333 pages
- Publisher: Transit Lounge; 1st ebook edition (3 April 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007R98DOM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 12 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #351,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)