If the 7 northeast states had to be likened to Snow Whites dwarfs I’d bet Mizoram would be Sleepy. Bordering Burma this peaceful state feels so far from the chaos of India that you begin to feel like you’ve entered southeast Asia.

As we drove through the lush mountains towards the capital of Aizawl we passed though villages and collected smiles, a refreshing interaction after 8 weeks of stares. We soon learnt why some refer to Mizoram as the ‘Bamboo State’, as we discovered everything from houses to dancing sticks being created from the stuff. The stand out favourite was the Bamboo Billycart, a common sight in the hills where very few cars dominate the road.

With the addition of a surfboard we revisited our childhoods, creating “Billycart Surfing”. As I struggled to keep balance Jonno was putting Jamaican bobsledders to shame, sprinting down a bumpy hill with a huge smile and no brakes.

After all the dramas of jail, transport and permits the simple act of playing like a grommet on a Billycart was just what the doctor ordered.

Hi-5’s, Smiles, Shakas and Yewwws!



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