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Trip Start Oct 27, 2008
33Trip End Oct 27, 2009
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Giles: Don't worry I'm not sick anymore! But officially the worst place to feel ill is on the back of a motorbike in the countryside of Vietnam - at one point Binh had to stop as I ran into some nearby bushes (which I thought looked fairly concealed), assumed the "Asian-squat" position (which Sam has mastered by now) but lost my nerve when three trucks drove by with all three drivers just staring at me in disgust. Thank the gods for immodium. Binh and Long were so amazing though, so overly concerned that the evenign I felt worst they brough up all sorts for dinner as they missed us when they ate - bits of ham, cheese, milk, bread rolls, cake, medicine, they really were lovely people. Felt guilty the next day as the only thing we ate was half a bread roll so Sam made us take the cake. Still not eaten it.
The tour was amazing though, I think we saw every aspect of farming you can imagine. Coffee, rice, corn, flowers, pigs, magic mushrooms, brick manufacturing, latex harvesting, amongst a bunch of stuff I can't remember right now. And not once did anyone question why two white peopel came trapsing onto their land to have a sniff around, they loved the attention. And yes I did fall into a padi field, the furrows to stand on are ok if you have feet like Sam's (or the like the indiginous folk), but when a size 13 steps on it it crumbles, and the big guy falls. Much to everyones amusement. At least I took precautions the day before in a hill-tribe village. They had a bamboo "bridge" crossing a fast river, again ok if you're not 16 stone, but it was a hands and knees job for me even though I was assured the bamboo would take my full weight. Lucky I didn't listen to that comment as I destroyed the porch to one of the houses just by standing on it. The residents didn't care as they were suitably pissed on their wine they were making, I still felt guilty though. Still, I brought a smile to everyone's face, our tour guide Long (who never let me live that down), Sam, the old old old couple who tried kissing me, and all the kids.
It was such an amazing three days though, an informative insight into the backbone of Vietnam and a relief to have the responsibility taken away for a few days of where to eat, where to stay, what to do; just woke up, jumped on the bike and got off whenever they stopped.
Back to our own devices now, and it's beaches and mud baths until we can be bothered to move on!
Much love, Gam and Siles xxx