“I’d be smiling and chatting away, and my mind would be floating around somewhere else, like a balloon with a broken string.”

HARUKI MURAKAMIThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Photo: “H’mong children play with their balloons on a foggy day in Moc Chau, Son La province, Vietnam” (January 2012), photo and caption by Vo Anh Kiet. This photo took 2nd place in the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Visit the National Geographic website for all the winners.