Archive for May, 2009

No Mas, No Mas: Food Poisoning in Peru

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Isla de Sol, Lake Titicaca, Peru

A couple of years ago, I was on a home stay with a family. At dinner time, I retreated with the other women to the back of the house into the mud hut that …

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Mongols… Head for the Hills!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Argh — The Yellow Horde!


I’d always been fascinated with the thought of Mongolia and the idea of staying in a ger. And so, last year, I took the Trans-Siberian train, crossing the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian

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Erin’s Guide to Haggling

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

She's thinking: "Come. Make my day." Sumatra

She’s thinking, “Come. Make my day.” Sumatra

Q. To Haggle or not to Haggle?
A. Haggle!
Half the fun of buying something is paying half price for it. I’m definitely one of those people who tell you the price I …

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Favorite Reads for the (Armchair) Traveler

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Erin’s Picks: Great Reality Reads

All these books fall within the “creative non-fiction” category, although I am a big fan of fiction too. The thought here is to stop with the Reality TV already – Let’s get back to books! …

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My Mini-dom – LivingMini®

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I admire my "mini" house

I admire my mini-house

West Marin, California USA

My Mini House

I have a dream of buying a parcel of land in Marin and building my own mini house. I talked about it, bought books about it, but didn’t really

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Give How? – Giving U™

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I have clear favorites in how I like to give, including group giving, donations as a percentage of income, and attributed gifts.

Give Together

Donor circles are a growing trend that enables individuals to ban together to support a shared …

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A Second-Trimester Haven – Giving U™

Saturday, May 9th, 2009


The most fulfilling volunteer work I did was in NYC. For more than a year, I volunteered for Haven, a truly fabulous organization that provides a safe place for women to stay when they need to travel to

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Erin’s Funding Focus: Women and Girls’ Rights – Giving U™

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

These sweet girls inspire me!

These sweet girls inspire me!

Concentrating funding on one issue area allows our donated dollars to have a greater impact. The key to narrowing your focus to just one issue is to choose an area that resonates with you on

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Get Off Your Butt and Volunteer! – Giving U™

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Volunteering—more people... more fun!

Volunteer! More people=more fun!

Group Volunteer Activities

I love the idea of logging on to a web site and finding a volunteer activity that fits in with my travel schedule. So if I have, say, next Wednesday night free, I …

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Give What? – Giving U™

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

You and I have three things to offer the citizen sector, otherwise known as “nonprofit” organizations: Knowledge, Time & Money (which they pretty much want in reverse order).



Many people prefer to connect with the organization they’re supporting and

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