Third Time's the Charm
Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
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My friend Hang and I had discussed a bike trip about a week before and although we encountered a number of mishaps in communication, added people, bus transport issues for a few add on folks and general time issues we were on our way only an hour later than previously discussed. The drivers were myself, a new teacher from school, Johnny (England) and Seb (Sebastian) the bf of one of our teachers from Australia, and our 3 riders Hoa, Hang and Ngoc Anh respectively
The trip despite having a lot of people unfamiliar with each other ended up being a very nice blend of people. We had a relatively quiet ride not counting the noise that Seb's Minsk blurts out. We stopped for a beverage or two, had lunch and arrived about 5 hours later. We met up with my old friend Mr Dung (pronounced Zung) just outside of town. I had helped employ him to drive the bus riders who couldn't get a public transport because of the holiday (National Day was Friday). Seb's gf was one of the bus riders and she had him wait for us to arrive since Hang knew where the stilt house was where we were to stay. They left after us but still arrived before us and we were just about 30 mins behind. So we caravanned our way through town and arrived at our house. dropped bags and all had a cool beer. A cold beer after a long motorbike ride is just so refreshing, it ranks right up there with a cold one after a dusty softball game. Many people stayed at the beer drinking table for most of the evening while I walked around the village with Hang, Hoa and Ngoc Anh. They shopped and I photographed. I was now armed with lots of new photographing techniques instilled in me from Seb who knows his way very well around a shutter speed or two. I learned more about ways to get more out of my camera then what I was using.
We came back ordered a massive amount of traditional Vn foods and then began to plunder our way through dinner
We walked back to our stilt afterwards and chilled the night away. I was one of the first to retire to my "bed" while most everyone else continued on into the night.
The next day we split off in different directions - some going for a bike ride while I walked around with a few people and took photos.
Overall it was a very good weekend of making new friends and learning and seeing new things from old places
Here is a nice Haiku that seemed on target for my weekend, from my good friend Richard.
Sunbeams through a tree
Changing negative spaces
as leaves are joyful
Have a great week my friends and remember to enjoy your world.