Thursday, September 22, 2011

Adventurous Ha Giang

I've been absent from Blogspot for nearly 2 weeks now, wandering and wondering in and out of Hanoi. I've actually had a pretty busy month, we didn't even get time to properly settle down in our new beautiful house. But it all turned out to be good!

Virginie and I are proud to say that we finally opened our shop. It's small but full of treasures. I know you are all curious to discover it. Pictures will be uploaded on the website very soon!

I started school again. I'm following a program in Fashion Communication and PR at the London College for Fashion Studies in Hanoi. The thing is that the first year is the same for all the students so I have to take design, pattern cutting, sewing etc.. Yes you will be hearing a lot about it. And as you must all know one of my secret talents is drawing (IRONY) so I'll be sharing some pictures of my beautiful sketches very soon. 

Manu and I also had the chance to go on 2 distinct and very refreshing trips this month.

"Marre des plans jungle/moto/mal de fesses recurrants"...We spent last weekend in Ha Long bay, on a stunning boat. The perfect getaway! More to come in another post.

Now the adventure took place at the beginning of the month. We and 9 other people went on a motorbike trip to the North of Vietnam. I finally visited the EPIC province of Ha Giang! Impressive, "grandiose", legendary... words cannot describe what the landscape and the mountains offer. We left Hanoi to Lao Cai by train, and rented motorbikes in Lao Cai (now, I do not recommend anyone to do that). We had 2 Minsk and 4 Honda waves. We rode from Lao Cai to Ha Giang (280km) on the first day. We slept in Ha Giang city and in the morning we were ready for the "real deal". Very ambitiously we rode from Ha Giang to Yen Minh, to Dong Van, to finally arrive around 20h in Meo Vac (app 200km). As tiring as the trip was, it's absolutely worth the drive. The perfectly shaped peaks rise out of patchworks of rice paddy fields. The residents of the province are blessed with Mother Nature's gifts!

We had some rough and long days during those 4 days but the breathtaking view and the positive vibes of everyone definitely overweighed all the shitty stuff.

Enjoy the pictures

At a school near Meo Vac

Kids posing in front of the camera. They love it

Les bobos


The morning after Manu's accident

We had some surprises on the road. 

Outside a school

Meo Vac latest Fashion trends!

A Win on Fire

Kids at school competition

The pink lady-man

Amazing view

Inevitable dirt roads

Rice Paddy fields

By the road

It's haunting!

Sunflower seeds and corn

Texture and color

Regis, Claire & Estelle

The Minsks

Ethnic minorities looking at photos of cars and moto crashes. Awareness

Little stars

Kitchen in Sapa Market

The beauty of Nature

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