Incredible Sapa & around

High in the mountains of Northern Vietnam near the Chinese border lies the town of Sapa, established as a hill town by the French. I took an overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and just after an hour spent in a minivan, I made it there. If you’re keen to see some amazing landscapes, dramatic scenery and breathtaking cascading rice terraces, you made it to the right place. The hike to the Muong Hoa valley with its´villages inhabited by Vietnamese ethnic tribes was for sure one of the best hikes I’ve ever gone to. I had seen rice terraces before, but this time I made it during harvesting. I couldn’t be more lucky. Let’s take a look.


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One Year Smoke-Free Today



Today, I’m celebrating my first anniversary of being smoke-free. No cigarettes, not one puff, no shisha, no nothing.

Here’s my smoking story. I used to be an athlete who trained almost every single day for 10 years, so my life was far from the smoking and drinking lifestyle. When I was almost 25, all of a sudden cigarettes were too close to me and I started “smoking”. Let me just put it straight, I don’t blame anyone and anything for my smoking, it was me who was stupid enough, no one else, but I had cigarettes around me for the first time in my life. That’s a fact. It all started with “give me a cigarette”, then I smoked at parties, then I bought my very first own pack and with time I realized “oh shit, I’m a smoker”. Let alone those months when I was smoking a pack per day.

I don’t want to upset anyone who might be struggling with quitting, but for me it was surprisingly easy. There was actually no decision to quit, I was just enjoying cigarettes less and less. One day I woke up, glanced at a pack of cigarettes on my cupboard and realized I hadn’t smoked for more than a week. Then I reached 2 months, 3 months. No withdrawal symptoms, no anxiety, no cravings and no nicotine replacement. Also, no overeating and gaining weight. Smoking has nothing to do with your weight. I had no thoughts of cigarettes except for two specific moments when I felt like smoking. But I didn’t go for it. I went to Vietnam last year, it was my first solo trip and since it used to be “my thing” just to sit down, look around while smoking, for a fleeting moment I thought it might be cool to have a cigarette. The other moment was when I landed safely in Prague after this journey. Clearly, it wasn’t nicotine I was “craving”, but some kind of ritual.

Do I feel better? Of course I do. I don’t intend to lecture anyone on how unhealthy smoking is and what the impact may be, we all know that more than well and smoke (smoked) anyway. Besides, the key is in your head…

For a moment I was wondering whether my quitting “counts”, because honestly, I didn’t put my mind and heart into it. I just quit. Anyway, chances are that’s the thing. So yeah, it counts. Absolutely.

Good luck to all of you who are trying your hand at quitting.

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When You’re Not a Girl Anymore

When all of a sudden you’re a big girl, you know..

That you are very rich to be born with health and very humble and grateful, because that may change any minute.

That having a loving family and true friends is not something to be taken for granted. It’s a priviledge and you should be grateful every single day for such blessing.

That it’s fantastic and deliberating if you can do all the things by yourself, but you don’t have to and there are people who won’t let you.

That there’s a message in how people treat you and getting no message is also a message.

That it’s okay to give people more chances than they deserve if you feel like it. Because once you’re done, you’re really done.

That sometimes there’s no other way than cry youself to sleep and hope it won’t be that hard tomorrow. There’s always a new day if you’re lucky.

That one of the best things you can do for yourself is to take the knife out of your own back no matter how they hurt you.

That you can’t fight everything. Sometimes the only option is just to smile and walk away.

That you’re super lucky to have this little army of those who saw you on your lowest low but didn’t turn their back.

That you need to be classy. And classy is when you have a lot to say but you choose to remain silent.

That there are things you fucked up but got another chance.

That life is incredibly beautiful. Every single day. Even on bad days. It’s truly beautiful.

That there are people you lost on the way and will miss for the rest of your life.


When you’re not a girl anymore…

You’re grateful for all the simple things that make you rich. They’re countless.

You talk less and listen more.

You’re much more self-confident, but grateful as well.

I’m sorry finally comes easier. Because you see things the way you couldn’t before. I’m sorry is important.

You know what to keep and what to throw away.

You love. Life, other people, yourself.


But above all else, you know you’ll be okay.

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The Beautiful Landscapes of Tam Coc (Ninh Binh)

Not far from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, you can discover spectacular landscapes with karst terrain, canals, caves and rice field stretching along the Ngo Dong river. Make sure you explore this natural site by boat to appreciate breathtaking views of the landscape and locals rowing the paddles with their feet. For further exploring of surrounding wonderland and its temples and pagodas rent a bike (every hotel offers bikes to rent), the terrain is flat and easy and also make sure, you pick a hotel situated a little out of of the main strip. You’ll taste the real countryside.


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Floating Villages in Ha Long Bay

On the second day of my stay on Cat Ba Island I went on a boat trip to Lan Ha and Ha Long Bay. The emerald green waters of this area keep a beautiful secret. Places where the time has stopped; floating villages, homes of Vietnamese fishermen. It’s quite difficult to describe those villages, it’s an unusual mixture of living in primitive conditions and romanticism. That place shouldn’t be missed.


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