We stood on the mountain looking down to our trek destination in the valley below SAPA. The view we hoped for was one of a myriad of terraces – you know – the one that is featured in all the travel mags and blogs?
Looking down into the valley, made me grope my glasses to see if someone had jokingly dropped a muslin cloth over them, or given them a quick spray of fake snow. The reality of our view was one that many visitors to Sapa get – Mist.
Sapa is near Fansipan the highest mountain in Vietnam – it snowed two weeks before we arrived in April. Arrived in our summer clothes. Everybody knows it is always hot in Vietnam – right?
It was cold. Whenever we were in our hostel room, I was under the covers snuggled up to our electric blanket, the one concession to warmth that our $10/night room afforded us. I loved that electric blanket.
After two days I accepted defeat and bought a North Face “Made in Vietnam” black jacket and things felt a whole lot better after that. $20 AUD better. You have to love that. I really loved it when I returned home and priced it at $220 AUD.
Trekking down the mountain, through the layers of mist, I started to realize
the beauty of those misty terraces.
Have a Fantastic Friday.