Hello again from Vietnam. This last week has definitely been the highlight of my time in the country. I've been sailing on Halong Bay and seeing just how deserving it is of its title as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. The past few days have been spent mingling with the locals* in the mountains of Sapa. Today I begin the very long (read: 3 days of minibus travel) journey back through the mountains and over to Laos. Wish me luck?

* The woman pictured above was one such local. Her name is Bao and she belongs to the Black Hmong ethnic minority. She's 24 years old and a mother to two children. We chatted in the foggy town square about life. She was ridiculously friendly and all around awesome.