Post­card from Viet­nam

Women's Health Australia - - NOVEMBER 2017 -

Our AFL girl crushes Melissa Hickey and Katie Bren­nan say hi from their hols

Greet­ings from Viet­nam! Can’t be­lieve few we’re here! We ar­rived in Hanoi a days ago and kicked our dream trip it’s off by ex­plor­ing the city on foot – stun­ning. Think tea tem­ples, mu­se­ums, the French Colo­nial Old Quar­ter, great shop­ping and plenty of mas­sage spots. with 12 other We’re on a small-group ac­tive trip to ex­pe­ri­ence Viet­nam trav­ellers and it’s so much fun hiked through Sapa, a beau­ti­ful town to­gether. We’ve of north-west Viet­nam, and also in the moun­tains ter­races, large done a longer 15km hike through rice were well off the bam­boo plants and corn­fields. We and met loads of lo­cals along the way. beaten path ad­ven­ture: a big, two-day cy­cle through An­other on to Ninh Binh. You lush scenery to Mai Chau and then to a great cy­clist to ride here but, true don’t have to be of the rest of the form, Katie was al­ways miles ahead chil­dren would group! We rode through vil­lages where of their houses wave and yell ‘hello’ from the win­dows grins. There’s just some­thing about with the widest bar­ri­ers and be­ing on two wheels that breaks down coun­try­side life. lets you gain a greater in­sight into greeted done home­s­tays, where fam­i­lies have We’ve and flavour­some us with feasts – the food is so fresh banana leaf with pork, brown here. Think fish cooked in cha, which is grilled rice and morn­ing glory greens; bun sour sauce; herbs and ver­mi­celli in a sweet and pork with sesame seeds and and then there’s bo bia – su­gar cane, One fam­ily served co­conut flesh wrapped in a pan­cake. made rice wine). us what they call ‘happy drink’ (lo­cally iced cof­fee; And we’ve tried the fa­mous Viet­namese for Katie. crazy de­li­cious! But a bit too sweet some of the warm­est The Viet­namese peo­ple are tour leader, we’ve ever met – espe­cially our amaz­ing gems we never Loc, who’s shown us so many hid­den on our own. would have found if we were trav­el­ling land­scape Ha­long Bay has been a high­light. The lime­stone is­lands topped with is stun­ning: tow­er­ing along the rain­forests, and gold-sailed boats cruising dream – it needs to be water. It’s like some­thing from a to take be­lieved. We climbed Ti Top Is­land seen to be views of the bay, and swam and kayaked in 360-de­gree in the bay. We be­fore sleep­ing overnight on a boat the boat’s top started the next day with yoga on Bay behind us while we did our deck. Hav­ing Ha­long wake up! Down­ward Dog was a nice way to Mel­bourne’s It’s been so good to get away from an in­cred­i­ble dreary weather and ex­pe­ri­ence such Katie and des­ti­na­tion with a great group of peo­ple. for a big play­ing in the VFL and gear­ing up I are won­der­ful to season for the AFLW, so it’s been new friends dur­ing our down­time. un­wind and make See you at the footy!

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