Elizabeth Briel, Travel Artist

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Running for the Hills

Photo taken while trekking in Sapa, Vietnam, 2008

Yesterday, as on most days, I sat down to work on my paper book at 9am. In the The Artists Place cafe I lit a mosquito coil, turned on the fan, and got typing.

Dengue-ridden mosquitoes swarmed over me all day long and the temperature soared. Midday I went to escape the heat in an airconditioned hotel lobby with wifi, but still I stuck to their pleather seats.

Crazy from the heat, I booked a last-minute ticket for today to Chiang Rai in the north.

Tonight I fly to Chiang Rai, and tomorrow I’ll catch a bus to Mae Salong where I’ll write, practice my Mandarin, and cool down while drinking hot tea from the hills nearby. Mae Salong is a very unusual Thai town: a little piece of forgotten China near the Golden Triangle.

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