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One of the curious and almost scary sights is of wires, masses of tangled wires, that get into every photograph. Are they live? I never dared find out, but in one beautification drive, they all disappeared from one main road to give way to fancy new lampposts.

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And then there’s Westlake, of course, my favourite W. The best spot to walk, run, cycle, eat, drink, socialise, pose, shop . . .

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Bugs on 2 wheels

The sun has shown up in Hanoi after 4 months of absence, and I’m not sure that’s such a good thing. The rain clouds are jostling for space in the sky, ensuring that we have some really good non-sunny days with cool breeze, drizzle, and the perfect weather to stay outdoors.

I’ve passed on the cycling bug to Souvik, and to our friends, Shweta and Abhijit. Shweta is unstoppable on the back lanes of Hanoi (literally), and Abhijit is rediscovering the joys of his youth. Souvik, of course, is already in competitive mode, ass-training for a long cycling tour we’ve planned for later this year.

We had a nice long weekend recently, and great weather, and the four of us set out to cycle on the quieter roads of Westlake. Ahaan was sporty enough to sit in his li’l child seat behind me, and race cheerfully with his mamma and papa, even catching a quick snooze when the going got too slow for him.

Westlake was gorgeous, the cycling fantastic, and we rewarded ourselves with a break for cà phê sữa đá (that’s Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk).

Souvik & I cycled further – all the way to Hoan Kiem Lake and back: check this link for the route.

Another cycle ride

Still bored of the gym, so another cycle ride was in order – all around Westlake this time. I went past the flower market, then crossed Sheraton & Intercontinental, my favourite road dividing Truc Bac lake and Westlake, and Thuy Khué right alongside the lake. Added a few more km going deep inside Ciputra. Check out the route on the map: http://share.abvio.com/df9e/44c5/4bc8/26d9/Cyclemeter-Cycle-20100814-0711.kml and some of the views I enjoy here:

Riding out to Ho Tay

I was bored of gymming this morning, so I dusted off my bicycle from months of inactivity, and went cycling to my favourite path – along Westlake. There are fishermen in the water, and coffee bars on the roadside, and a gentle breeze that makes it such a pleasant activity. Was tempted to guzzle iced coffee, but I had to keep reminding myself that this was gym time. Check this link for the path I took, and if you drag the ‘man’ to the various highlighted points, you can even see the view that I saw. Cyclemeter & Google Maps rock!

http://maps.google.com/?q=http://share.abvio.com/df9e/44c5/4bc8/26d9/Cyclemeter-Cycle-20100811-0929.kml