Don't know if it's truly jet lag or just the fact that I crashed so much earlier then I usually do and, of course, got up that much earlier! So I took advantage of the morning light and did a stroll along Hoan Kiem Lake to find some photo ops. At 6:30 am the traffic is light and crossing the streets are quite easy. The lake is still and the light is hazy but the sidewalks are teeming. All manner of Vietnamese people are walking and stretching and exercising along the paths around the lake. Men in suits doing pushups on benches, mothers doing situps, grandmothers stretching and swaying to the constant loudspeaker exercise announcements. Or at least I think that's what it was. The rhythm of the speech leads me to believe that some unseen person is calling out moves and stretches for the masses to exercise to. They group together or stand alone, gazing out onto the lake as they do their daily routines. At one point a group has appeared to finish up and they all form into a line and start rubbing each other's backs, laughing and enjoying the pleasure of it.
I have a seat at a sidewalk cafe and order a ca phe sua while I sit and watch the city wake up.