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Favorite Things about Laos

Laos was one of the 4 1/2 countries I visited this past August (note: the 1/2 country was the 12 hours I spend in the South Korean airport, Incheon. If an airport could ever be called special, this one would be indeed. Parades of the royal family, chamber orchestra concerts, world class shopping and take-home art projects of traditional Korean handicrafts were just a few of its splendors I experienced!). I chose Laos with the thought that it would be much like my enchanted time in Cambodia (which I did not write about as my time there ended literally moments before I learned of my Dad’s death. The time and…

That Time in Laos When My Tuk Tuk Hit a…

This post was originally meant to be about my time in Halong Bay, Vietnam. However, it won’t be because as I was being taken by tuk tuk today from the bus station here in the small rural town of Vang Vieng, Laos, to my bungalow hotel, my driver hit a young girl on a motorbike throwing her little body onto the windshield and then to the dirt road with a thud. I am still traumatized by the whole sequence of events, so my hope is that writing about it will be some sort of therapy. My view as I write this at Bearlin Bungalow in Vang Vieng, Laos. Arriving in…

Back in Vietnam…this time a little longer!

I just realized every town I am visiting in Vietnam starts with an H; Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue and next stops Hanoi and Halong Bay. It also seems that everything I eat in this country starts with “banh”; banh mi (delicious sandwich from Hoi An), banh beo (delectable little rice pancakes topped with dried shrimp famous in Hue) and banh xeo (a delightful pancake made like a crepe in HCM). Banh means “cake” or “bread”…so clearly I have an affinity for carbs.  The attraction to “H” will take some more thought. This is day 7 of this month long trip. I notice it takes me a week or…

My Interview with one of the World’s Top Travel Influencers, Kate McCulley!

World traveler, blogger, and entrepreneur, Kate McCulley, is cool. And she is not just so because she was named by Forbes this year as one of the world’s top ten travel influencers (although that is uber cool), has traveled to over 70 countries (another cool-qualifying accolade) or has been ship wrecked in Indonesia (frankly that is just bad *ss). She’s cool because she has been writing about and advocating for independent women travel long before it was the trend that it is today. Her blog, Adventurous Kate, was started in 2010 when, at 26, she quit her job and jetsetted to Southeast Asia for six months. During that time, she developed her current blog. When she found her efforts could be lucrative enough…

Going back to Vietnam…and Southeast Asia

Giddy, joyful and wondrous of the adventures that await are the feelings I usually have when planning a trip. And while all of these sentiments are absolutely true of my upcoming August trip that brings me back to Southeast Asia, this time a few more feelings are surfacing. Note: I usually don’t look quite this fashionable while trip planning. BUT let’s agree that an image of me with no make-up, on the couch and in PJs is markedly less romantic or interesting.   Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City last August – A city where I learned news that changed my life and forced me to leave it barely 24 hours after arriving. ***  Saigon was renamed…