In Viet Tri we finished our workshop and meetings earlier than planned, so I arrived at the airport in Hanoi with a 10 hour wait for my flight back home (at 01:25!)…I managed this sketch, but for the rest of the time I was working and reading.
After visiting the imperial citadel I had a little bite to eat at the cafe next door – obviously named with a connection to the citadel in mind. I did this sketch while waiting for my soup.
So when it finally stopped raining yesterday I did some touristing and went to visit the Imperial Citadel. On Google it said it’s a nice quiet place and I thought it would be perfect for sketching. Instead it was heaving with hundreds of young graduates having their group and individual photos taken. It was still a very nice atmosphere though – this sketch, in one courtyards, is of a group posing…just before they threw their mortar boards up into the air.
I was lucky enough to have a bit of free time yesterday in Hanoi and was planning to go out and do some sketching…but then it started raining. So while I was waiting it out I drew this view out the window.
This is the view from my hotel window – painted on my first day in Hanoi. As often seems to be the case my hotel looks onto a jumble of roofs and odd little extensions.
For my flight back to the Philippines I had to go through Ho Chi Minh and had several hours to wait there. It was close to midnight by the time I sat down at the gate – so instead of nodding off and missing the flight, I drew this to keep me alert! And yes the guy in the foreground really did have a big stomach like that.
On my last Sunday in Hanoi I went round the old quarter to try and do some souvenir shopping. In the end I only bought some coffee because the shops just seemed to be selling the standard backpacker tourist fare…things you could buy anywhere! I remeber the old quarter of Hanoi having more character when I visited 20 years ago. Anyway I stopped on my way home to draw this….I found out later that the building is a library.