some ways, London was more of a culture shock than South East Asia.
Instead of dodging speeding motorbikes on the tangled streets, you try to
weave into the hurried crosshatch of people as they rush through the tube
stations. On the tube, you try not to make eye contact, even when you're
practically crammed into someone's armpit during the morning crush, and any
sort of laughter or smiling elicits a strange look.
But the city has an understated beauty which lies in its h...
“Go with Su Su.” That’s what two different groups of
travellers said to me when I was looking to doing a trek through the hill tribe
villages in Sapa. They talked about her as if she was a legend. “You’ll have
the time of your life,” one English guy said. “She was amazing,” said my
American friend, Elizabeth.
They passed on a number on a ripped piece of paper and I
called Su Su up to arrange to meet the next day. Su Su gets most of her
business like this; wo...