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The fog and drizzling rain were accompanying us, as our 4x4 slowly tried to find its way through the curly mountain roads. The driver’s plans turned out to be sabotaged as the road he wanted to take appeared to be inaccessible – so a kind group of villagers announced us as they waved to stop us. The driver was obliged to take a different “accessible” route and, frankly, I would have prayed devotionally, no doubt, if we would have cruised along the first one.
The winterish weather had turned the “new” road into a pool of mud, holes and stones that were desperately trying to torture the tires of the car and our stomachs.

The road to heaven was never said to be easy. Although fog was obstructing the sight, I could so easily imagine the beautiful landscape. Harder to imagine was how people survive in these rough conditions. The way up to the village of Lung Khau Nhin seemed so out of reach for the world, but then again, wasn’t that one of the reasons why we wanted to go there?

As we drove to the top of the hill, we noticed the fog had wrapped itself around the village like a protective city wall, leaving a beautiful clear view on the village itself. Even from the distance you could see the colourful buzzing business of a market.
This surely wasn’t Bac Ha market – that is only open on Sundays – but it was at least as colourful and quit unspoiled with us being the only foreigners.

The colourful Flower H’Mong being the main tribe of the surrounding villages, they were omnipresent here to trade their goods. Their traditional clothes are a true delight for the eyes; a colourful inspiration for any creative mind with those wonderful hand sewn embroideries. The colour certainly enhances the beauty of these people, but their eyes show that genuine kindness you so rarely see in “our world” these days. On a cold day as the one we were there; it fills one’s soul with warmth of the purest kind.

This exceptional old lady made a deep impression on me with her strong posture. After, no doubt, a hard life, she was proudly showing me the colours of age.


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When I find the time, I will continue posting a short series on Vietnam taken during a short work trip in that area.
I’m currently still travelling for work, but hopefully will have time soon to, not only follow your photos, but also to comment on them.
Thank you for your patience and for passing by.

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