Ta Van Homestay

Trip Start Sep 25, 2010
Trip End Oct 11, 2010

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today off to our homestay at Ta Van. 6 hours of trekking thru the mud up hill and down dale, with a Hmong helper on both hands and a 10,000dong bamboo walking stick. Impossible without these!
Whoever fell had to "catch a frog" apparently.got by with NO falls. Finished up totally covered in mud, thick and caked. Feet totally immersed under the mud.
Homestay was all of us in one Zao house, wooden beds, mosquito nets, singing ourselves to sleep, karaoke style after many bottles of rice wine - happy water!
Funny night,including the bleeding, concussed Anh, a pool hall and lots of home-cooked Zoy food - a banquet in fact. Lots of wake-ups for pain relief, 
Amir was told to just stay awake all night to stop his snoring - like a crazy pyjama party. Matt was left feeling a little guilty after throwing  Anh up amongst the rafters and splitting his brow.
2nd day turned out to be ANOTHER trek, which 6 of us opted out of, thank god! It was harder than yesterday.
On the way back stopped at a river and bridge which was a stone's throw to CHINA, pretty mind-blowing!
After bussed back to Sapa where 5 shared each hotel room for 4 hrs to shower, re-group and prepare for ANOTHER overnight train trip tonight! 
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Di on

I thought you went on holidays for a little rest. I can't believe what you have done in such a short while. You both need another week off when you get home. The Photos are just wonderful. Miss you. love Di
ps Bren, I would no way walked the next day, I'm with you.

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