Thursday, 7 May 2009

There may be dragons, 4 May 2009

I don't know what I'm quoting in the title of this post. It could be
something massively geeky to do with Dungeons and Dragons, but I'm not
sure, it's just something that is lodged deep at the back of my brain
that feels like a good title for this post.


When I was younger, I used to think that Hills and Mountains were
Dragons and Dinosaurs that had died and then grass had grown over.

I've just come back from a walk to Cat Cat Village. I walked down the
Valley, up the other side and then around the top of the Valley. On my
three hour walk I came to a sure conclusion: the moutains in Sapa were
definitely Dragons. In the landscape you can see the flared nostrils
and long snouts, the folded wings and the long ridge-like spines. And
with the low clouds these dragons are definitely the kind that breathe
fire and puff smoke.

I feel like I'm in a different world, not Vietnam. But standing on top
of all the paddie fields, surrounded dragon-mountains you can see
where all the Vietnamese legends began.

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