Archive for May, 2009

Part 3. Drugged & Kidnapped & (almost) Sold into Slavery: Vietnam on a Dime

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Erin at 23, alone in Vietnam
Erin at 23, alone in Vietnam

Part 3 of a 3-part series (Read Part 1 and Part 2 here).

At the appointed hour my escorts arrived and I climbed on back of the scooter. I was definitely apprehensive, but everything had worked out OK the day

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Part 2. of Drugged & Kidnapped & (almost) Sold into Slavery: Vietnam on a Dime

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

U.S. Embassy in Saigon (in 1991)
U.S. Embassy in Saigon (in 1991)

Part 2 of a 3-part series: Part 1 is here

The next day I wandered back to my old hotel to catch a cyclo to go meet my mom’s manicurist’s friends and family. I went back to my fancy hotel

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Drugged & Kidnapped & (almost) Sold into Slavery: Vietnam on a Dime

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Downed US helicopter in Saigon
Downed US helicopter in Saigon

1991, Saigon: Part 1 of a 3 part series

It was my 24th birthday and I waited all during dinner for some birthday wishes, maybe a bit of cake. About 10:00 pm I figured out my boyfriend wasn’t waiting to …

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Holy Smokes! Ger Fire of ‘08

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

August 8, 2008, Mountains around Mongolia       

Nothing was going to ruin this absolutely beautiful morning in the Mongolian mountains – the air was pristine, the view un-matched, and the scenery straight out of The Sound of Music. The whole

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The Art of the Tan

Friday, May 15th, 2009

This is not an image of Erin

This is not an image of Erin

I know it’s not politically correct, or even medically healthy, but I am a sun-tanning die-hard. In fact, I consider sun tanning a lost art and I am happy to share with you …

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Favorite Beaches: Top 3

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Phi Phi, Thailand... unbelievable

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand… unbelievable

I am a beach bunny to the core. I grew up within spitting distance of Malibu beach and on the Hawaiian Islands. I am an unabashed beach snob and connoisseur of sand. My judgment concerning …

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Favorite Mountains: Top 3

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

At the summit and all smiles: Volcano Villarica, Pucon, Chile

At the summit and all smiles: Volcano Villarica, Pucon, Chile

I’ve never met a mountain I didn’t like. In fact, it was just last year that my friend Clara broke it to me that just because a volcano is there, …

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Best Meal of All Time!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Islands off Auckland, New Zealand

Two hamburgers with fried egg, slices of beet root, carrots and pineapple, served with fries sprinkled with vinegar. I had just arrived in New Zealand (and was 14ish) and met a group of friends who

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Ewwwwwww… Eel Sushi

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

San Francisco Airport, San Francisco California

Unagi, eewwwwwwl

Unagi, eewwwwwwl

OK – I know this isn’t an exotic one, but it was fierce. And I still don’t eat eel sushi to this day. I’ve never puked before (that I remember anyway) where

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Trannie Revenge: Curried Chicken

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Phuket, Thailand

Eeeeowwwwwe... dangerous chickenThis one was early on in my traveling days, and yet still so vivid. I remember buying a piece of curried chicken from a transvestite at the end of the pier after arriving on the island of Phuket…in …

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