Road-trip and some work
This trip snowballed. I do some work for 2 different Agent Orange NGO's here, one from the US and another from Vietnam. The brat and I were asked to go 50 km north to a small village/commune and get pictures of a victim and family showing living conditions because we're working on building a new house for them...they live in a mud over bamboo mat shack.
We were also asked to visit a very poor school and check to see what they need and if we could help in any way.
So...after treating us to dinner we had to find a place to stay...that's where fate stepped in. We could backtrack 6-8 km along the rough back road then make an after-dark-20km-suicide run on highway 1 or stay at a small back-road mini-hotel (individual little bungelows)...we chose door number 2. When we pulled into the yard, even at dusk, I was impressed.
The area behind the place was lined with rows of huge ficus and a few other tropicals...all overgrown and obviously healthy as hell!!
I roamed a little and didn't get to see much until we had breakfast with the owner the next morning. He has a little E and, with my V and a built in translator, we could talk about the trees. He admitted that, although he loves Bonsai, he has no idea where to start with these big ones and that's all he has!!!!
This is one of the 'little' ones...
Drinking coffee and eating breakfast was torture, I wanted to tear into that beauty!!!
I told him I would be glad to help begin the styling of a number of the trees...he loved the idea. There are 3 that are the size of a VW and these are all collected trees from that area.
It's only an hour away by motorbike, we have a place to stay with food and beer. We can check the progress of the house and school, the 'brat' can mess with the kids and I can work on some really big tropicals...could it be any better?? I can't think of a better way to spend a few?? weekends.