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    • Day 91

      Les montagnes du Nord Vietnam

      April 9 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Pour poursuivre l’aventure et clôturer notre visa de 30 jours, retour dans les montagnes où nous montons jusqu’à la frontière chinoise, au Nord du Vietnam.

      La province de Ha Giang que nous traversons est connue pour ses verdoyantes rizières en terrasse, sa richesse culturelle et ses innombrables ethnies montagnardes qui vivent depuis des centaines d’années isolées dans ces jungles et montagnes au climat très humide et chaud.
      Cette soixantaine d’ethnies différentes composant le Vietnam ont conservé leur propre langage et identité culturelle, comme les ethnies rencontrées au Nord du Laos et de la Thaïlande.

      Nous partons à leur rencontre à travers des nuits chez l'habitant et des randonnées alternant lacs, rizières, jungles, villages traditionnels, marché rural du dimanche, ou encore festins arrosés d’alcool de manioc ou de riz avec toute la famille depuis les grands-parents jusqu’aux petits-enfants.
      Nous plongeons totalement dans ces cultures et sommes frappés encore une fois par la gentillesse et l’accueil réservé par ces gens qui n’ont rien. A travers notre voyage de 3 mois déjà à arpenter l’Asie du Sud Est, cette impression est petit à petit devenue une certitude : on se rend compte que ceux qui possèdent le moins ont toujours été les plus généreux, accueillants, heureux et souriants.

      La preuve en est, en passant vers midi dans l’un des villages, situé à une centaine de kilomètres de la première ville et infrastructure, plusieurs familles venaient de se partager un buffle fraîchement découpé sous nos yeux (la viande est un rare plat de fête car ils ne mangent que leur production, celui-ci venait de mourir naturellement). Comme si nous étions des proches, ils nous ont directement invités à nous asseoir et à nous servir à volonté, autant en viande qu’en alcool de manioc d'ailleurs…

      Un bon coup de fouet pour les 22km à parcourir à pied ce jour-là ! Ou pas...
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    • Day 5

      Day 5 - recovery time

      October 10 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Well pleased with today so now it's bar time, several people in the group are doing the spa and massage thing until tea tonight so it's relax time now

      Pics from lunch in the farmhouse, including the coffin kept downstairs ready for the eldest family member 😵‍💫Read more

    • Day 16

      Ha Giang Loop Motorbike

      February 1 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      [Ha Giang motorbike loop 4 days]
      After 3 cold days in Sapa, we went further north but to the warmer Ha Giang, which borders on China. The landscape is also characterized by mountains that line up next to each other. Due to the breathtaking scenery that Ha Giang has to offer, the "Ha Giang Loop" is popular among tourists. This represents a round tour, which is completed with the moped within 4 days. Since the ride is also challenging and dangerous, there is the possibility to book a driver with the motorcycle (easy riders)

      Minh and I decided to do the Ha Giang Loop on our own, i.e. we rented a scooter and naively drove off. In retrospect we overestimated ourselves a bit... We stayed in homestays on the way, i.e. we were at different places every night and it was uncertain where we would end up and what we would see. But it always ended very well, we had warm water, plenty of food and relatively warm accommodation.

      The area in Ha Giang is so incredibly beautiful. I can't find the words to describe the beauty and complexity. It's definitely one of the most beautiful things I've seen live in my life so far. The feeling of adrenaline from the challenging ride coupled with the breathtaking views and incredibly friendly people are just some of the things we encountered over the four days.

      We weren't entirely unscathed. We fell four times and I hurt my leg as well... But it's still okay somehow😅.

      It was also cool that our crew kept growing. The second night Sagar, Chris and Yohan joined and with Jerome we were six.

      We were in caves, at waterfalls, drove uphill and downhill through the mountains, through small remote villages, were stopped twice by the police who wanted to see our driving licenses, of course we went hiking and talked a lot with the locals. We even went to a kindergarten and played with the children there. It is pretty handy to be able to speak Vietnamese. We get to learn and experience much more by being able to speak to locals.

      The farewell from our little travel group at the end of the loop came so suddenly. The challenges on our journey welded us together so much that every day that we survived was celebrated like an unbelievable victory.

      In reflection I'm glad we did the trip as we were very flexible and it was adventurous. But I'm also glad that we're still alive, even if that sounds a little bit exaggerated. We were already living at the limit because the route was very scary sometimes

      One thing I take away from many (see the pictures) is that I'm incredibly grateful that we can travel. We are so privileged in so many ways - most notably financially and educationally. I have the feeling that the world is at our feet, there are hardly any limits. We can travel anywhere, learn and work and do what we want.

      The trip has sometimes shown me to appreciate my life and my opportunities more - this also goes hand in hand with a certain responsibility that I bear for my environment and surroundings. I definitely take that as a motivation to push my future projects forward.

      It's so fascinating how much I learn from traveling and being on the road. I could still write novels here about the lessons and impressions, what I get from them on the meta level, etc. But I'll leave it at one lesson per post and end with a quote: the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

      Lovely greetings, your Kim and Minh
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    • Day 302

      Noch mehr Reisterrassen

      October 27, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Heute essen wir zur Abwechslung mal Bun Cha zum Frühstück. Auch eine Nudelsuppe, aber mit dünnen Nudeln. Die Suppe ist aber nicht so gut, wie wir mittlerweile als Kenner der Materie feststellen können.
      Danach geht es wieder wieder eine wunderschöne Passtrasse 177 von Vinh Quang nach Vinh Ngoc durch ein intensives Reisabaugebiet, dies ist sogar in der Karte als Sehenswürdigkeit vermerkt. Bei jedem Verdacht auf einen Sonnenstrahl machen wir einen Fotostopp. Im Tal kommt die Sonne heraus und es wird Zeit für ein Bad im Fluss.
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