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Immerse yourself in a totally unfamiliar culture; a truly experiential vacation. A few highlights: In addition to visiting UNESCO sites of Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, eat lunch with a local family, ride on the back of a “cyclo” through city streets, be taught the nuances of noodles by former street youth, see the indescribable beauty of the Vietnamese countryside–and so much more!
After spending a week hiking in the mountains, 12 of us spent 2 nights in Venice! I was giddily anticipating this, because I had read that the tourist load was at 30% of “normal”, and of course we ALL read about how clean everything was after 18 months without tourists.
By the end of our second day together, we were best friends. By the end of the week, we were forever-friends. All 16 of us, plus Karl! I knew I’d have fun with this new job, but I had no idea my heart would get so deeply involved.
If you’ve had a good European breakfast before, you *know*. If you haven’t, you need to go to Europe. Just for breakfast. Then you can go home, because you have experienced Nirvana.
Earlier this week, I found Heaven.
Yesterday, I met God.
Today, the Grim Reaper winked at me.
I tried explaining today’s experience to a friend, and all I could come up with was this … I was in heaven on our previous hike, but today, I met god.
My thought as we were descending today was, “If I don’t see another beautiful thing, if it just rains for the rest of the week, I’m ok.” What we experienced today SATURATED me with awe; words can’t describe what we saw, and photos look fake.
Each day, the hikes ramp up a bit in intensity and scope. Today, we were on the trail for 8 hours, round-trip, reaching an elevation around 6500’.
Today’s hike was a slow amble. Mostly a gradual incline, with maybe 2-3 steep parts. Getting our hiking legs warmed up for Day 3!