Off to Vietnam...

I am so excited to be heading off to Vietnam in the morning!! Of course, there are 30 other sewing women coming along for the trip of a lifetime with Melly, and me, and Annette from Port Travel. For those of you joining us, you are going to experience a true delight of the senses. Amazing colours that are so stunning your eyes will hardly believe it:

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Foods you won't even recognise, but will delight your taste buds when you try them:

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Fragrance everywhere, especially the scent of incense; from the temples to the gardens in our resort:

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And, not only will you see foods that you have never seen before, and maybe have a go at trying them; you will also have the opportunity to cook them on the morning we get up (very) early and head to the market, buy our ingredients, and take them 'home' to the resort and have a cooking lesson with the chef:

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Then, after you have let your inner 'Masterchef' out, you can simply head to the beach, right about here:

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We have lots of things planned where we can meet the locals and delight in their way of life. On one of the days we will be joined by two ladies who work at the Embroidery House in Nha Trang, a very respected tradition. We will get to talk to them and casually find out about why sewing is such an important part of their lives. The next day we will go and visit them at the Embroidery House and enjoy some memorable times there:

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Last time I was in Nha Trang I met one of my mentors, Long Than, an amazing photographer who works only in black and white, and has photos in galleries all around the world. Think I might sneak off for a visit back to his studio:

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Vietnam will change you. You will never see the world in quite the same way again. Maybe it's the people, the food, the lifestyle, the colours, the fragrances, the mix of intriguing religions, the all consuming heat; maybe it's just a combination of all those things. You are really and truly in for the adventure of a lifetime...

Until the morning,

Leanne Beasley xxx



25 Sleeps to Go!

Can you hear me woo hooing in the background? For those of us girls headed to Vietnam there are only 25 sleeps until we leave so it's time to get really excited!!

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The Plane Packs are kitted up and ready:

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For those of you beginning your journey from an airport other than Melbourne, your Plane Pack will arrive in the mail a week or so before you leave, as we want each of you to feel special, and enjoy every part of your trip, until we meet each other as a group at Ho Chi Minh airport:

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All of us will also be receiving a Documents Pack in the next week from Annette at Port Travel; this will arrive registered mail. This has all our final travel documents and our day by day itinerary for our adventure!

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I know many of you out there have also been asking if there will be a trip for 2012 and yes there will! We are putting together a package at the moment and will have more details for you on our return from Vietnam ( hint: I hear the ukulele playing and I see girls doing the hula and some unique and traditional applique!).

I really cannot keep a secret!

Leanne Beasley xxx

Above photos:

1. One of the ladies from the Embroidery house we will be visiting (at least once, it's in walking distance from the resort!).

2. Sneek peek of your Plane Pack kit.

3. The famous blue fishing boats of Nha Trang.

4. Hats in one of the markets at Nha Trang (I can't remember which market I took this photo in!!).