Wandering: The Road Less Traveled
With the weather cooling down, we’re feeling the urge to travel to warmer places and can almost hear the road less traveled calling our name! Billie Edwards answered that call, traveling to picturesque Vietnam… come along the adventure with her.
I have a habit of travelling to a new country, and declaring it my new favourite land. Vietnam is no exception to this habit. Despite the instant chaos, I somehow fell in love with its calmness. Calm, quaint and charming. There is immediate noise, movement and colour – yet I was drawn to some kind of minimalism. Wooden boats, worn bicycles, palm-leaf conical hats, silk scarves, woven baskets full of rainbow fruit and vegetables, and plenty of greenery creeping in and around each building’s cracks.
All the colours seemed to be bleached by the sun to become subdued and pastel. And as soon as the sun sets, the local music and bright glow of lanterns hung from trees light up the cities – making you fall in love with the place all over again.
But more than just the cities, I saw the endless green mountains and rice fields of the North. I experienced the beauty of not only the landscapes, but also the local people. Filled with the tough and hard working, yet warm women. I walked next to them through their village, and learnt of their daily responsibilities and traditional textiles. They spoke of the importance of women within their village, called me sister and made me gifts from plants.
I saw huge limestone islands magically rising from the ocean. Each island topped with thick rainforest vegetation, and fragile wooden floating villages scattered in between. Gaining an understanding of why such a place would be named a natural wonder of the world.
I saw an untouched valley of waterfalls. I swam in the natural fresh water with only buffalo by my side. I experienced the most pure beauty I have ever seen. Something that humans had not disturbed..and words cannot do justice.