I’ve been here for five and a half months now. That’s almost six. Almost half a year. And it has become home faster than any place I’ve lived before did, perhaps because I am not expected to fit a mold. Expats are known to be eccentric and when all of your friends and co-workers come from somewhere else, it’s impossible to have expectations for anyone. A co-worker emailed this video to me this morning. It’s a timelapse glimpse of Hanoi from sunrise over West Lake to rush hour along Xa Dan and night traffic from a terrace overlooking the Old Quarter. It renders beautiful a city that can be difficult to love and I know I’ll be watching it whenever I’m blaming Hanoi for my woes.