Yesterday I wrote all about the Phong Nha Caves and the Vietnam/American war, here it is if you missed it.
But the other part of the story is that we had a small victory of our own. My intrepid Mum had joined us a few days earlier, and with such a boost to our adult/child ratio, we attempted CYCLING!!! The visit to the river in the cave was done by bike, with Sparky and Baby Boy in slings. Wooo Hooo!
It was so great! Of course it was lovely to ride through the rice paddies, past the villages, cows and chickens. It was sad to see the Buddhist homes on the left, and Catholic homes on the right. It was fun to buy cherry tomatoes by the field they grew in. It was loud when we sheltered from the rain under a bridge with a mob of rowdy (or cheery) school kids. It was lovely when dozens of children rode past us calling out “Hello! Welcome to Vietnam” It was so different to our horrible experiences in the cities.
But most of all, it was just wonderfully excellent to be able to get out and cycle as a family, for the first time in 9 1/2 years.
Here are a few photos taken along the way, some were taken while riding with one hand and Baby Boy on back, not bad huh?!!
You might like to know that our blog is now only weeks behind, not months. We are catching up! More stories on Vietnam and Indonesia are on their way!
In other exciting news, our hilarious friend Barbara interviewed Chris on her blog The Dropout Diaries. Check it out here.
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