Why Is It Always Up?

“It is 11km” (just under 7 miles) says Kai, the owner of the Eco Palms House in Sa Pa, Vietnam.

I have just got back from the “easy” trek, and I feel like I should have passed out by now.  I am not the healthiest, or fittest of people.  Ask me to lift something heavy, no problem.  Ask me to walk up the easy path of a mountain and I am sweating bullets.

Sa Pa is the fourth stop in my trip across Vietnam with some great friends.  We all came to Vietnam with slightly different goals, but one has been consistent:  “Food!”

Now I generally have to be careful where I eat here.  Not because of thinking some places are “sketchy” or a “dive”.  To be fair, anything I have walked past has looked good enough to at least try.

No, the reason I have to be careful is because I have the tendency to crush plastic chairs.

This happened earlier in the trip during the Ho Chi Minh/Saigon portion of our trip.

Having just got a fantastic bowl of Pho from Phở Hòa Pasteur (260C Pasteur Street, Ward 8, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam) as recommended by our friends Jack and Kim who live in the area, we proceeded to find a place to grab a drink at a place just down the street.


At some point during the conversation Jack was pointing out some of the more outlandish (by Vietnamese standards) prices for some of the fresh seafood the place was selling.

Leaning back and spinning on the chair to have a look caused the rear chair legs to buckle and in what can only be described as “slow motion” I proceeded to fall backwards….

Landing on the thumb joint of my right hand, and putting the majority of my (considerable) weight on it.

Needless to say, two things were injured that evening.  My right thumb, and a little bit of pride!


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