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Sapa, Vietnam

by Lis

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Her grasp on my hand was firm and confident. Though she was younger and significantly smaller than me, I held on as we navigated the slippery slope of the mountain in Sapa, Vietnam. The thick fog concealed my surroundings. I was left to imagine the waterfall I was hearing, and envision the base of the rice terraces extending up into the sky. I was left to focus on my footing, secure that when my feet slid - which they did - her hold would keep me upright.

I didn't know what she looked like. Striding ahead of me, her only distinguishable feature was her green rubber boots. Though I had on designer hiking boots, her expertise outperformed my gear. When she jumped, I jumped. When she pointed to a rock with her toe, I stepped there. We danced for several hours.

When we stopped to rest, I scanned the group of local women, all alike in their tribal clothing, for the one with the green rubber boots. She smiled at me, and I could see a gold tooth in front of her smile. A pink scarf was wrapped around her head and her basket was covered with a clear plastic bag.

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When we stopped for lunch, we learned that the ladies wouldn't be continuing with our group. The swarm of ladies drew near, and I knew what to do. When they revealed their goods for sale, I looked for my lady with the green rubber boots. While I am certain that her kindness is genuine, I knew that the next step of the dance was to repay her kindness with a purchase.

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Posted by Lis.L 21:54 Archived in Vietnam

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Not only do you take amazing pictures, but your writing is so professional. You really should write a book!

by Betty

yeah! agree! you both should write "The travel of Toby and Lis" yeah! ^_^

by Michael Pang

And what did you buy from the your green rubber boot friend?
Great blog by the way !

by Debbie

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