It is quite peculate, why things who lie very much within the heart, take more time to set free. This story acts from a village community from around a region called Langbiang, close to the city of Dalat in Vietnam. The inhabitants of the Langbiang municipality have touched me very much. Seldom I saw people working so hard to protect their survival. Full of curiosity and with the anger to be based on a better life, this community tackles together. They do not own a lot but nevertheless, are grateful for what they do have. Seldom an experience has grounded me and thus shamed equally because all at once, my own everyday worries become so inexpressibly small..
Two years ago I went on a move through Asia for three months. Within the most exciting aim during this time, was to experience Vietnam. I started my trip in the south of Vietnam in Hò Chí Minh City. On my way up north, I left close to 1700 kilometres behind. Quite in the middle of my trip, a visited the café La Viet in Dalat, which is producing and roasting speciality coffee. The owners work closely with coffee farmers from around this region, supports them with the production and the improvement of the coffee quality. One of them is a community of Langbiang which is called the Langbiang Coffee Village. Since a short time of a few years the cultivation, the care and the harvest were moved that a splendid coffee can prosper. Specialty Coffee made in Vietnam.
During my stay in Dalat I’ve got to know Sandy. A Vietnamese who lives in Australia as a single mother by two. She deeply is connected to the municipality of Langbiang and is trying to help as much as she can. Through her I´ve met a part of the community and was able to spend one day, follow them around through their working day at the plantation and later on at the production. What felt like an adventure to me, is their everyday life. Their rhythm of life is made of long hour days with hard physical work in the plantation. In comparison to European standard live takes a lot more effort to be able to afford a simple life.