1.25.13: So Long Sapa/Hello Hanoi

Another 10-hour sleep, another banana/lime/honey crepe breakfast, another warm morning (if it ain’t broke…) and time for one last short stroll to another tiny hillside Dzao village. Today our happy little party of five is joined by Vanessa, Vince and their H’Mong guide Pen who works with Sapa Sisters, an awesome female-owned trekking company. The Sisters are indeed doing it for themselves.

Soon we’re speeding back to Sapa where we say farewell to Jo and David and Vince and Vanessa and Pen and Elise and then down the winding, foggy mountain road  to Lao Cai (someone pukes in the seat behind the driver) and onto the night train bound for dear old Hanoi. Farewell, mountain ladies… I’m a city girl at heart!

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Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr travel the world, sharing movies and music with the masses. At home in Los Angeles, they facilitate community screenings and workshops at the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts organization.

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