Finally, some views in Sapa, Vietnam

Trip Start Jan 11, 2009
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Trip End Apr 12, 2009


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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

With anti-biotics B2 is able to walk around a bit without needing the bathroom at any given instance.  We got a bit of a break in the weather, as the fog drifted in and out creating sun bursts.  The fog drifts in and out of the city very quickly and is incredibly thick. The visibility goes from a few feet to perfectly clear in minutes.  

Above the city of Sapa is a mountain park which takes you above the clouds!  You get to watch the fog soup from above as it envelopes the city and surrounding areas below - a magical site.  We were so amazed by it, that we watched it for 3 hours up on the mountain from different vantage points.  We now understood why Sapa was called the city in the clouds and we were glad we were finally able to experience this.  The mist and fog made for wonderful photos.  After two bouts of food poisoning, we were pretty down, but finally saw something impressive in Vietnam which made us feel a bit better.  We didn't have the energy or strength to do a trek to a village nor see the rice terraces, but we got to witness the magic of the fog from above, which was fantastic.

We are too scared to eat in Vietnam, having gone through some of the worst food poisoning in our entire lives.  We've been living off bread, crackers, sprite, water, oranges and the occasional fried egg.  Our systems are just not able to handle the food/bugs here so we looked up the fanciest hotel in town and went there for dinner (The Victoria).  A2 got a $12 burger (note, our hotel room costs $20/night) and B2 had a few bites as well as some fries.  It was the best damn burger either of us had eaten, or more like the only real food we had had in so long that it tasted out of this world.  We savored each bite and went to bed with bellies somewhat full for a change.

So, after a day of soul searching and thinking things through, we realized that we did not want to continue traveling in this country.  We haven't enjoyed the food as it has made us very, very ill.  Ripping off the tourists is the norm here, and we just don't want to deal with it.  We have haven't had great interaction with people except for the hotel staff.  Touts are in your face everywhere you go, which makes it unpleasant to walk around.  So, the general vibe is telling us to bail, and since we have an open plan, we can do so.  We are close to the border with China, so we'll be crossing into the Yunnan region tomorrow.
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