And this week my staff took me all the way up to the border to get a better look. We were up in a district observing several project activities and we scheduled in a lunch picnic at the Bản Giốc Waterfall on the actual border of
The ride was fun and smooth – very little traffic and generally a very good road. The wind was almost warm (the US has been suffering a major cold snap, but northern Vietnam has gotten a mid-winter heat wave – 80 degrees by this weekend), the company was pleasant and our projects were going well. Almost too soon we pulled up in front of a large impressive building – the
We were welcomed by one young Mr. Linh who I was excited to meet because of the bit of histoire that was developing between him and one of my translators. Unfortunately she couldn't be with us for this trip, so while he was perfectly cordial in welcoming us, he couldn't help but show he was just a bit disappointed that I had betrayed him by bringing a different translator. I gave him my most abject apologies (she was off in
Yet, I found the dry season to be of huge advantage for exploring. If it were fully wet we wouldn't be able to climb to the top and get as close to
The river level was quite low, and we could easily see the Chinese tourists looking at the waterfall from the other side.
I will be excited to go back there as the seasons change and see the change in the falls. I've seen pictures from almost every season, and it is truly a beautiful and relaxing place to spend a few hours. Plus, a nice reminder that there is a border nearby even if I never actually cross it.