Notebook Worthy. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing my dear friends at their home many times. We always shoot at this place because it never gets old, offers moments from different seasons of life with the same scene and it embodies who they are. #oldsouls#bwfilm
Honestly I finished my trip and wanted to throw up. 2000km in 7 days, 3 different climates, across borders, all by myself. I felt so ill in the last half hour but now at the airport I feel like I've been through a spa session. Or atleast what I imagine spas feel like. A calm and serene like no other.
When I was 4 minutes away (4 minutes!) from ending my trip, a bike rammed into me from the side while I was stopped at a junction and pain shot up my ankle. I didnt stop to look at it because I knew the garage was real real close, and if it was bleeding, I'd get off the bike for good, and deal with it proper. I winced loudly the rest of the way, let the sharp pain dull down (it did), and turned into the garage.
The side of my boot took most of the hit. I had bought boots, a full face helmet and thicker gloves just yesterday to upgrade my gear! My mind is reeling at the timing as that really could have gone badly. I am limping now but with a tight bandage waiting at home I'll be able to walk just fine. Something bad had to have happened. Let this be that.
This is Hai Van Pass in the photo. It's one of the most beautiful highways in the world, consistently mentioned in magazines, covered by many a tv show. That's off my bucketlist now, I suppose. The occasional upslope sharp turns were insanely fun, but I was still very underwhelmed by it.
The mountain pass from Hanoi to Mai Chau up in the north is a far better adventure. You have to navigate through thick white mist, unable to see anything beyond 2 feet. Your bike headlights have no effect on the mist, you might as well be blind, so you ride slowly in front of even slower trucks as they light up the way for you with their powerful headlights. All the trucks I passed on that mountain had these massive specially fitted headlights, the light itself neon green(!) in colour, about 8 in front and 4 behind. I'd never, ever seen anything like it. New things exist in the world! Imagine that.