Peter Blogs: Hanoi

November 22, 2017

November 16

Today I’m excited to go to the water park. I remember this one time I went to a water park on this trip [in Hannibal, Missouri]. This is gonna be so fun.

Alas, the big water park was closed for the season, but we spent hours swimming in this beautiful hotel pool instead. In Vietnam, you can pay a small fee to swim at hotels even if you are not a guest.

Yesterday we went to the water puppet show. It was cool because the puppets were in the water! We saw puppet fire-breathing dragons for real! We also saw fish and people and cats! It was fun seeing puppets. Today I worked on my website in the morning. I added a forum and a link to a cool website. We walked yesterday to a café. It only had drinks, and went on a walk to home after that. I really liked our long walk.

Water puppetry is an ancient and popular cultural performance in Northern Vietnam, depicting scenes from rural life. We went to a show in Hanoi’s Old Quarter in a packed indoor theater. We saw the water puppets again at the Museum of Ethnology on a much smaller outdoor stage. Afterwards, we were able to try the water puppets ourselves with instruction from an eighty-year-old master puppeteer who volunteered his time at the museum.

November 18

Yesterday we went to the museum of history. We learned about Vietnamese history and their houses, farming, and other work, and fun. Their house was very big, and had grass roofs. We saw their furnace and well. They use little tubes so when it rains to get it to the well so they can drink!

After the museum we went to the meet up with some people on Facebook. We didn’t know who they were! We looked in 3 different places before we found them. They were really nice and we talked about Minecraft and Roblox. Everybody wanted to use my origami, even a stranger asked for some! I made a crane, and a fortune teller! We went on a walk. My friend Jackson introduced me to go-carting in the park. He told me about how it’s like a scooter but with 3 wheels. There is no speed limit and it takes 20,000 dong for 20 minutes. That’s not even a dollar! [We actually paid 50,000 dong, or $3 Canadian dollars]. After that walk, we went to a temple. We saw a statue of a turtle. And it’s sacred. It has the gift to give people the sword. After the temple we went to a restaurant and had really sour soup. We played telephone and some kids said things like “Lalu” and “Beard”. It was a silly game. After the restaurant, we went to bed.


November 21

A few days ago we met up with our friends again. We went to Army Hotel pool and played with them. First we went to the wrong place, so we needed to take an Uber to get there. We went swimming in the pool and had cool competitions and Jackson won them. I played splash fights. After, we went go-carting and it was fun. First we rented a car to play in, then we got robotic real moving carts. They went really fast. I was faster on a go cart than I was on a good fast run. Then I went home. I went and watched an episode of Odd Squad.

On weekends, Hanoi’s Old Quarter becomes pedestrian-only around the lake. Kids can drive their cars and hover boards right on the street, swerving between the crowd.



  1. Comment by Louise

    Louise Reply November 28, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Hey, Peter – great to hear how things are going. Sounds like you’re having fun and meeting lots of people and doing interesting things. I’d love to see some pictures of your origami in your next blog. Are you thinking about making water puppets now too (or are you going to wait till you’re a teensy bit older like your instructor … 🙂 )?

  2. Comment by dr. peter

    dr. peter Reply November 29, 2017 at 8:07 am

    hel-lo! thanks for the comment! I think I am going to MAKE origami water puppets maybe not actually use them as puppets. I think I will be doing water puppets when I’m like 20 or 21 or 22 or 23 or 24 or 25 or 26 or 27. I think 21…

  3. Comment by Liya Katsnelson

    Liya Katsnelson Reply November 29, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Dear Peter! Thank you for sharing interesting stories… Now you can compare some events between different countries, different cities… Lucky you! Just keep going to explore the world!

  4. Comment by deduska Marik

    deduska Marik Reply November 29, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Pet’ka, you grew so-o-o much! Of course you are too old for some of those silly games. Jokes aside – terrific penmanship skills – way to go buddy! Separate kudos to parents for very nice and unobtrusive comments and clarifications. The team really makes us all proud

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