Flat out- to Sapa
Trip Start Feb 10, 2014
16Trip End Mar 08, 2014
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The weather in Hanoi can be very cold.
"Cold" is a word definitely missing from my wish list as I hate it. Hanoi was cold and it rained, I made arrangements with the Hostel to leave my bike there incl. most of my gear and decided take a bus north instead. My destination was Sapa to see my friend Eddy of which I will tell you a bit more later.
Sapa is a tribal area where you can find several minority people, Black Hmong, White Hmong, Red Zhou etc all wear their own traditional type of clothing
Eddy lives in the Village of Tavan about 13 km away. So how to get there?
From here I could rent a scooter for the day (they are only 4 or 5 dollars per day)
From what I remembered between Sapa and the village of Tavan I would have to ride over very bumpy and muddy roads. All my clothes were left in Hanoi so it would be a problem if I arrived covered in mud, I choose the alternative and decided to walk the 13 km which took me about 3 and bit hours walking slightly down hill along the road and the track into the valley below. In the end I found that all the roads had been repaired and were in excellent condition (for here). Eddy saw me coming in the distance and raised his arms as I did. Ever seen two grown man cry when they see each other? I only saw one, but bystanders saw two. Clearly we were Very happy to see each other; much had happened last year which had created a strong bond between us.. Ok first things first- Where is Tommie!