4 days to go to another Asiatic backpacking experience. Our backpacks are lighter than ever in terms of material stuff but full of excitement and emotions!
This time: South of Vietnam and Cambodia Our plan is to arrive to Ho Chi Minn on Saturday, where Oanh, a Vietnamese journalist and cooking teacher we found thanks to Airbnb, will host us in her apartment. While Oanh shares her insights on how’s life for her in this changing city, she will teach us private Vietnamese cooking lessons! :)
After 1 day discovering Ho Chi Minh, we will take a small airplane (let’s see if it’s bigger than the 6 sits plane we took in Panama!) to Siem Reap (Cambodia), where we plan to stay with a rural family in the countryside somewhere in between Angkor Watt and Siem Reap, for 3 days at least. This Cambodian 5 members-family lives in a simple bamboo style house, and work in the rice fields with cows freely living in the area. I’m looking forward to learn how to work in a rice field, through the experience, and I’m not joking!
The rest of the journey will take shape by itself every day There’s nothing else planned, neither booked, but to sleep with local families, experience their life, eat with them, help them with their daily routines, interchange heart-experiences, and come back by land to Ho Chi Minn in a free style little by little… until our return ticket to Geneva on March 27 at night.
One of our treasure lessons we got during our sabbatical trip in 2012-2013 is that what we keep in our hearts and in our memories over the years as more valuable for us, it’s not the beauty of one temple, or building, or city, or what you buy or have, materially speaking, but the experiences we have had with local people, the interchange of human experiences, as our 1st Vipassana meditation retreat, or living with a filipino family during half a month. This is why, in this journey,we are not going to stress about “don’t miss this building, or this touristic attraction, or this restaurant”, but to experience the country directly from their people and from their culture.
Countdown has started!