Jolie’s Ha Giang

I would love to claim these pics as my own, but they’re my girlfriend, Hoang Anh’s. She just finished a trip around Ha Giang, my absolute favorite part of Vietnam. I was going to put up some recent shots I took from around Hanoi, but now I’m feeling a little intimidated.

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Photo Duel: Dionysus

Dionysus was the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy in Greek mythology.

I was taking refuge from the relentless sun of Ha Giang, when this god-man appeared from seemingly nowhere. Despite the heat and long uphill walk he had endured, he also managed to get pretty drunk. Now, I don’t think this man is actually Dionysus, but they’re probably related, or at least went to school together. Dionysus is into grape wines, but this guy is all about the rice wine, and insisted that I have some of his homebrew with him. That was the last thing I wanted but his powers were too strong, and I was at his mercy. But at one point he was distracted by something and I managed to escape with most of my sobriety after only a drink or two. Anyway he was a nice guy and that is the most impressive area of Vietnam I’ve been to with the most dramatic landscapes and nicest people.

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