By honking, of course! And where are they the most splendid conversationalists? I’d have to say, the Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Please note that I have not limited this to conversations among cars only, we’re talking motor bikes, bicycles, cyclos, busses, any kind of transportation you can think of, plus one or two more you never knew existed. Without looking out of our cute hotel room window, I would venture to guess that there are about 50 vehicles all crowded on the narrow street outside, having a lively conversation about who is going where and who better get out of the way. All the while, all sorts of vendors, tourists and Hanoians wander slowly and serenly through the sea of vehicles around them.
We are having an amazing time in Vietnam – first 3 days on Halong Bay, yesterday a wonderful bike tour of an ancient city about an hour outside of Hanoi (I have no idea what the name of the city is, though).
Today we’re off to visit Ho Chi Min’s mausoleum and the museum of ethnology, both highly recommended by the Lonely Planet and locals alike. In a few days, we’ll be on our way to Hoi An and Hue.