How time goes by
I stayed at the Fortuna Hotel, 6b Lang Ha in Hanoi. You
can find the casino on the first floor and the nightclub in
the basement. Around 5 0’clock, the girls invade the lobby
like a flurry of bees. They are tiny but admittedly, very
pretty. The advertisement of the spa and fitness facility
of the hotel reads: “The pursuit of pleasure is what the ruling
elite is all about”. This is not the statement of the communist
prosecutor but just an invitation to join.
I did not visit the casino, the nightclub or the spa but
the millennial stones of the Confucian university speaking
of a long gone by time when wisdom was taught. Here, we are,
with the heirs of Uncle Ho and his sandals, a couple of decades
down the Ho Chi Minh trail.
I passed by my time and sometimes within it. I wanted someone
to notice. It was probably a mistake.