During the six years Dave and I traveled extensively in Asia we were fortunate to meet many wonderful guides who not only introduced us to their countries and cities but were also willing to share a glimpse of their personal lives with us. At one point I had thought to write a book about these interesting and amazing people. I don’t think that’s going to happen but I don’t want to forget all the hospitable and friendly men and women who made our travels in Asia so memorable. Here are just a few of them. In the Philippines Dee Dee gripped her crucifix and prayed when our snorkelling boat ran into a violent patch of water
In Beijing Max rented a rickshaw to drive us through the huotongs
In Vietnam Mango was working hard to save money to send his daughter to Harvard
In Yunnan, when our arranged guide didn’t show up Wendy took us on an amazing hike down to Leaping Tiger Gorge
In Cambodia, Khom had lost his arm to a land mine
In Xian Evelyn rented a tandem bike for us to ride along the top of the city wall
Near the border of Tibet Pei ordered a supper of yak cheese, yak butter tea and yak meat for us
In Bali Sunlini took an offering to the temple on the golf course to pray for the success of my game
In Yangshou Rong told me the dragon had dug the river with his tail
In Chongqing Sherry took us to the Great Square of the People
In Bangkok Charupa introduced me to the sweet taste of tamarind fruit
In Asia the guides opened their hearts and their lives to us
I won’t ever forget them!
Other posts about tours with guides…..
Meeting the Street Children of Dehli
Dave’s Vision Quest