Arrived in Hanoi at 5.20 am and walked to my hostel to rest for a while before heading out. It's really interesting this early in the city, half the people are on the streets doing their morning gymnastics, very seriously! And this early it is actually possible to walk on the pedestrian walkways as most bikes are still inside therefore leaving room for pedestrians... crazy
As I was awake so early I decided to head over to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum which is only open between 8 and 11 am. When I got there shortly past 8 the queue was already quite long but since I didn't have much else to do I thought I should just go for it. I think I cut the line a little, but am not 100% sure about it, as I walked in with little school kids I obviously did not belong to and no one said anything... so maybe I didn't - but overall I only had to wait for 40 minutes. I was standing in the middle of a Chinese group who all wanted a picture with me again and it was actually an entertaining wait. Especially watching millions of school kids walking by us, led by the guards of the mausoleum - I think it took about 10 minutes until the last kid had passed us. The mausoleum itself then was a rather quick affair, walking silently by Uncle Ho who looked as if sleeping - no pictures allowed though.
Afterwards I also went to the Presidential Palace to see some more Ho Chi Minh memorabilia - also very crowded and standing in line once more (more pictures with strangers!) to see the famous house on stilts - and then to complete the full Ho Chi Minh dosis also the Ho Chi Minh museum. I thought the museum's displays were very appealing but it was just way too much to read and it felt as if a lot of things there had some symbolism attached to them - a guided tour might be great there.
I was done with everything Ho Chi Minh at noon, had amazing pizza for lunch and then could finally check in at my hostel, napping the afternoon away. Had made plans to meet up with Zoom again in the evening and since I wasn't feeling so well with my cold now in full swing we didn't go to a bar but instead to the movies - Batman vs Superman, in 3D! Not bad