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~King Cobra Wine in Sapa~

The Snake wine had too much bite for my taste
Gold toothed hill tribe gal
Almost every woman had a baby on their back
Local girls gnawing on sugar cane
The cutest girl in all of Vietnam
Backpacking Sapa Style
Tawan and her guide on the edge
Crossing paths with some hill tribe girls
Hill tribe village and terrace farming
Young mother
Butt cheeks and missing teeth
Colorful Church
Tawan listens to a hill tribe choir in the old church
Passing water buffalo herd on a swinging bridge
Water buffalo herder
Buffalo climbing
Nosepicking Nudist Boy
Hard working little guy
Dragonfly biting Tawan
In a pinch
Sapa street sweepers and their uphill struggle
My guide and personal driver
Horse's Ass
Haulin' Grass
Little Papoose
Grandma Babysitting
The baby ready to topple
Worn out from babysitting
Asleep like the baby
Tawan a few minutes before losing her hat
Silohette framed by a window pane
Fine vintage snake wine
This is a church, this is the steeple
Standing guard
Hill tribe woman hanging out at the church
Colorful market folk
The view from our room
Thrilled with sifting herbs
Baby Bear
Checking out some goods
Kids playing on a bridge
Swinging bridge
Sapa Swingset
Suckered into trying on a hat
Sweeping up
Sapa fashion
Up a tree
Market saleswomen
Vietnam's cutest kid
Cutest kid again in the market
Serving up my glass of snake wine
Getting ready for bottoms up
Snake wine bite
An overnight train from Hanoi carried us high into the mountains of Northwestern Vietnam near the border of China. We visited Sapa, a small town high in the mountains. The town had sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and was chock full of hill tribe people from nearby villages. There were people from a variety of different groups, each group featuring its own style of clothes.

The first day we hiked for several hours down the side of a mountain and through a beautiful valley, passing through some hill tribe villages. The mountain sides were carved up into terraces used for farming. The area was beautiful and the people were colorful.

The weather started out hot and clear, but a few days into our stay, Sapa was swallowed up by clouds, storms, and lightning. It got cold.

I had been eyeing snake wine throughout Vietnam. Snake wine is basically a huge jar of rice wine, with a big dead snake or snakes floating inside. Supposedly, drinking snake wine is extremely good for health and can cure many ailments. I was in a small cafe, high in the mountains of Sapa during a wicked storm. The power kept cutting in and out. There was a huge jar of snake wine with a monstorous king cobra curled up inside. I decided if I was going to try it, what better time than during a booming lightning storm in the mountains of Nam. They dished me up a glass and I kicked it back. It didn't taste too bad, but it did have a bit too much bite for my taste.

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