GOOD MORNING VIETNAM...!!! And wasn't it ever!
When you wake up to what we did this morning, with the one you love by your side, the windows wide open blowing in fresh crisp mountain air, the sun shining, one can honestly say life does not get better than this. I just wish you were all here to share it with us, well, maybe not the bed part lol!
We rose at 6am and took a brief stroll to a nearby restaurant for breakfast, of which was delicious (Olly for a fresh plate of fruit, and myself a vegetable omelette, washed down with a freshly squeezed orange juice and a mug of English breakfast tea) and had the BEST views of the valley and rice fields! By 8am it had reached a scorching 30degrees :-/
We walked breakfast off through the daily market that Sa Pa offers. And they do indeed have LOTS to over. From clothes and jewellery, to vegetables and a whole cow chopped up!
Now, there is a local tradition that takes place in this Mountain Village of Sa Pa; local H'mong Village Women dressed in their specific and colourful attire walk around all day every day....pestering us tourists!! Especially the really pale white/ginger ones lol! They had a field day with us as you can imagine! I found it funny and cute, Olly on the other hand :-/ "c'mon Siobhan, bloody hell. Stop talking to them. C'mon! Just ignor them! Ergh I can't cope with this much longer!"....stomp stomp...! HAHAHAHAHHA.
The funny thing is, it happens as soon as we leave the front door until we run and hide in another building, as it's apparent they are NOT welcome inside lol!
The afternoon was a lot of fun; a short hike through the valley followed by a nice (but warm) nap.
Olly's delly belly seems to be getting better everyday, so this evening we ventured out for an early dinner. This consisted of pumpkin soup, local spring rolls (my fav), a veg curry for me and a burger and chips for Ols.
After dinner we took a brief stroll through the village as the sun set. The temp drops quite a bit at dusk, to about 25degrees, this suits us just fine.
We went back through the market and bought some supplies for our 8hour bus journey tomorrow :( , a local bracelet for moi (this is my new thing; 1 local piece of jewellery from each country we visit. Vietnam = 2 pieces however lol; a handmade H'mong bracelet and a pair of pearl earrings carved out in a Rose flower shape), and some washing powder (for our smalls that I wash in the sink!)
Another great day!
Now for some reading in bed and an early night before our dreaded journey tomorrow :(
Tomorrow = Dien Bien Phu!