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This could be worse | Sapa

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I’m writing this with a glass of Sangiovese in my hand, in front of an open fire, wearing every item of clothing I have with me. It’s freezing! We’re enjoying a little luxury on a mountain in Sapa, appreciating hot showers and soft beds after two days hiking. And Italian red wine.

We’ve been balancing along the edges of rice paddies, trekking along streams and covering ourselves in mud. And feeling single handedly responsible for race relations between local ethnic minorities. “Why you only buy from Hmong? Why not you buy from Zay?” We homestayed last night, and head back to Hanoi tomorrow night to meet up with the last member of our posse.

Things could be a whole lot worse.

  • Charlie - March 20, 2014 - 6:16 am

    I really wasn’t fond of Sapa, I actually found being in Sapa really stressful because of, as you say, “feeling single handedly responsible for race relations between local ethnic minorities.” In fact, just being made to feel guilty everytime I didn’t want to buy something! or be led on my walk!ReplyCancel

  • Suki F - April 10, 2014 - 10:19 am

    I’m sorry you had to experience something like that. I hate when stuff like that don’t let me enjoy the place I’m in, the way i would like to. I mean, look at the view! It is amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Alli Campbell | Illustrated Adventures - April 18, 2014 - 7:45 pm

      The view was incredible! I’ll write a little more about the experience later – but while it was challenging, I just tried to enjoy their company and keep a bit of good humoured perspective. Easier said than done sometimes though!ReplyCancel