Day 34: Worshipping False Idols November 17th 2009 It's been an eventful day.
We were awakened at 5am by a knocking on our cabin door; the train would be reaching Lao Cai, our destination, in about 15-20 minutes. Shortly after that a gaggle of young uniformed Vietnamese women walked through the corridor, "You want coffee? Or tea?". 10 minutes later, after we'd finished our beverages, they returned: "OH! Sorreee! You have to PAY for the coff ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
We've decided to take off six months to see Asia and Australia and revisit New Zealand before we turn 40. Angelique's been to Asia once (Bhutan, a few days in Malaysia, only one in Singapore) and this will be Adrian's first time on the continent. Neither one of us has been to Australia but we did spend 3 weeks in New Zealand in 2007 and can't wait to return. If all goes well, our plan to is to spend a week in Japan, six weeks in southeast Asia, 2-3 in Australia and then 3 months in New Zealand, returning home to San Francisco in late March, 2010. Enjoy the blog!... full info