Bikes and Brooms in Hanoi

11 Feb

My Mom and Dad have a clear way of dividing roles among them.

At home, Dad is in charge of wines and Mom does the cooking.

On holidays, Mom drives the car, while Dad navigates – always with his aviator sunglasses.

Finally, in supporting their son, tasks are also clearly divided: Dad sends me newspaper clippings of anything related  to bikes, while Mom sends photographs – of their walk in the Dutch dunes or a thick patch of December snow covering the garden table as if it was a flying saucer.

Currently, my Mom and Dad are travelling in Vietnam. Last Tuesday, Mom sent me these pictures of cyclists in Hanoi. She describes how Vietnamese stack goods on bicycles until the bike itself can no longer be seen, and all that remains are structures of metal and fruit and brooms and lampions – moving through the city like fruit stands on wheels.

Now that I’ve gotten my Mom’s pictures, I expect I will soon also receive clippings from Vietnamese newspapers. They will be neatly torn out of their original copies, and the margins will contain a handwritten note, in six words, by my Dad: “Interesting article; how is your Vietnamese”.



2 Responses to “Bikes and Brooms in Hanoi”

  1. shuichi -mama bicycle- February 24, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    Hi Phillip

    It has been a while. I am Shuichi. How are you?

    I have just dropped by and have read your Hanoi entry.

    Certainly, they carry too stuffs on their bicycles.

    I feel these bicycles are resemble to old Japanese bicycles.

    Anyway, have a nice day.

    Say hello to your parents…



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