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Tag: Ban Loc


Asia and OceaniaA Family Motorbike Adventure Across Vietnam

HCWT 07.04.2013 16:28 0 0


A Family Motorbike Adventure Across Vietnam

The Vietnamese appreciate any attempts to speak the language. As I sat and enjoyed the shade and the attempted conversation, boys were busy putting Jake’s motorbike back together and giving it a good wash. A young woman placed her baby daughter on my lap and lifted my arms so the baby could rub her face through the hair on my arms. Having body hair is an advantage in Vietnam and makes me good luck, just like my potbelly that every passing stranger rubs.

We especially enjoyed the cultural tribal dances.

A new and exciting world opened up for the boys. At the White Thai village of Ban Loc they joined in the local dancing and even sipped local wine through a straw with the ladies. They explored the rice paddies and watched the people harvest crops. Women fished the rivers and kids swam in local streams. We motor biked down back roads (most roads in Vietnam are back roads) and discovered a town engaged in the making of chopsticks. We drove into the forest and followed the bamboo being chopped from the hillsides as the logs floated down a river. Young men hauled the bamboo logs into the town where they were measured, cut and chopped, into chopsticks. The boys had never thought about where chopsticks came from or the people who made them or, especially, the work involved.

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