China’s Most Wanted

China’s Most Wanted

 

I was lost, unsure of what country I was in and oblivious to what they were yelling at me. They were speaking Chinese of course, I know that now. There were signs, about a half hour before this, that were no longer written in Laotian. They were unfamiliar characters but with my approximate geographic location I could have assumed they were Chinese; at the time I hadn’t thought much about it. As I rode across the red and white checkered line and the police started frantically waving me back and I knew for sure that I had actually crossed the Chinese boarder. They didn’t speak English and I don’t speak Chinese so we smiled at each other while I turned around to ride back through Laos.

I made it to the boarder on a scooter that I had ridden through mountains, forests and villages. It was a ride that I was sure would have broken the little Suzuki scooter that was exploring with me for the day, and upon returning it there was no doubt that it was in worse shape than the day before. I almost ran out of gas in the middle of no where and the only fuel I had for my body was a small bag of muesli and some fruit leftover from that morning. Then I made a friend at a gas station, met some field workers, and made it home in one piece, great success!

 

This guy stole my sunglasses while I was buying gas from his station. He was amazed by them so I motioned to take a photo of him with them on, despite his poker face in the photo he was very excited and all smiles.

This guy stole my sunglasses while I was buying gas from his station. He was amazed by them so I motioned to take a photo of him with them on, despite his poker face in the photo he was all smiles.

After I took the first photo, he waved me over to take another of him with his pump

After I took the first photo, he waved me over to take another of him with his pump. A smile almost broke through for this one

 

These bowls and spouts filled forests. Although I have not been able to figure out what they use this sap for it reminded me a lot of maple syrup.

These bowls and spouts filled forests. Although I have not been able to figure out what they use this sap for it reminded me a lot of maple syrup.

This kind man was trying to explain to me what he was planting in the field, unfortunately there was a bit of a language barrier

He tried to explain to me what he was planting in the field, unfortunately there was a bit of a language barrier

 

One of the many trails that I almost did not make it up on the scooter.

One of the many trails that my scooter and I conquered together

 

 

field worker

8 Comments

  1. Erica · May 1, 2014

    Awesome pictures Vin , sap is used in food and in medicine. It can act as an anti-bacterial or even a mild laxative.

  2. Mark Morano · May 2, 2014

    Nice work, Vinny. Stay away from that sap.
    Hi Erica

  3. Kayla · May 6, 2014

    Vin! Just got a chance to catch up on this. Awesome stuff! Any spiritual encounters thus far?

    -Kayla

    • VinnyMo · May 8, 2014

      Hi Kay! Thanks for checking it out, its been a lot of fun so far and it really brightens my day to hear that people are enjoying my photos. Spiritual encounters have been many, I spent time at the Local Wats at every town I went to in Thailand. It was mostly some peaceful alone time to meditate and take it all in. The cultural experiences have had a larger impact on me so far, the Laotians as a people are probably the most tolerant I have seen so far, and equally respectful. Its nice to be in a culture where they aren’t harping on the little things that a lot of the western world wastes its time with. And they make some delicious noodle soups =)

  4. Michael Ferlazzo · May 7, 2014

    Great pictures and commentary. What have we learned so far? Never cross the yellow line uninvited, never play poker at a gas station n the middle of the forest and always know how far the next gas station with a STARBUCKS is. What a wonderful experience, both of you please :) call home soon please

  5. VinnyMo · May 8, 2014

    Update: That sap is actually a silicone that is produced by rubber trees. I read about it in a book called The Glass Palace so its true. =)

  6. Michael Silvano · May 8, 2014

    Vinny!

    Great stuff on here. Your photos have been absolutely incredible. Can’t wait to see what your next stop is going to be. You have definitely got me planning my own adventure for next year!

    -Mike

    • VinnyMo · May 8, 2014

      Mike!!!

      Thanks dude, let me know what your thinking about a trip I’m happy to throw my two cents in and help you plan. Glad your enjoying the photos, there will certainly be more to come. I shot an impromptu secret cooking session tonight that will be up here soon 😉

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