Where Ann became a biker moll
24.03.2010 - 24.03.2010 15 °C
Today was Easy Rider day! Where we went around the countryside around Da Lat, originally home of the Lat people (a hill tribe who was made to move when a Vietnamese person thought Da Lat "seemed nice for people"). We were escorted by Lan and Buffalo. My rider was Buffalo, who was a bigger bloke, and Luke had Lan. We set off, a bit nervous and a bit confounded by Buffalo's sense of humour... it was odd. But we grew to love him, as we did Lan.
First we went to a Pagoda; I cant remember the name to be honest; we are a bit pagoda'd out. The exciting bit is that when we walked out of the pagoda, we saw a statue...
"Its Monkey Magic!" I cried!
Luke looked at me like I was odd, and even I thought I might have been stretching it a bit. Lan, however, agreed.
"yes this is characters from famous movie"
It was ace! Pigsy was there, and the one on the horse, and everything. I took many photos.
We trundled on, Buffalo making awesome jokes like pointing at the exhaust and saying "careful! leg bbq!" and ducking when we went under something that was at least 2 meters overhead. We saw strawberry fields (more women doing back breaking work), another pagoda (I know, pretty broad, it wasn't awesome), lots of agricultural stuff. We were also confusedly dropped off at random places and picked up 50 meters up the road; to get a feel for walking along a road? not sure, it made for good photos though. I bought something from "hill tribe people" - they never say which tribe, they just generalise; "ethnic minority village" was another place we went... that was pretty cool actually, we had just weathered a massive rain fall in a ramshackle coffee house on a lake (no real reason), and everyone was inside, so our village experience was walking down an empty road in the rain, with a puppy for company, and hill tribe people peeking out their windows at us. We did meet one hill tribe lady who whipped a child from behind her back (surprise! or jane, "supplies!") so we could take photos of it. She said some things. We dont know what they were. We looked confused and shuffled away. We would have been especially intriguing, because to shield us from the rain, we had bough poncho type things; Buffalo had gone in to suss them out, and thoughtfully given himself a plain blue one, leaving white with green polka dots for the rest of us. Buffalo was awesome. We have a video of us doing poncho dances during one of our 50m random walks. These are for special viewing only.
The best part about the Easy Rider trip was being on the easy rider. Besides straddling a bike behind bloke you dont know (both of us), it is pretty relaxed, and you can just sit back and watch the world slide by (although sometimes you have to close your eyes because that truck was waaaay too close). Even with the rain we had a lot of fun. Don't miss the easy rider trips if you come to this part of Nam, it is a massive highlight.