Another city. Another maze of hems. Hems (or alleyways) are pretty standard fare in any urban area within Viet Nam. I shared about them some as I toured in Saigon previously. The same seems to hold true here in Haiphong. Because the hems are “isolated” from the main roads, there’s a tendency in me to view the people as wanting to remain isolated or even lonely. But nothing seems further from the truth. Relationships back in the hems seem strong. And even for an outsider such as myself walking in, the people are warm and welcoming.
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