Archive for February, 2012

Bridge over the River Kwai *Video*

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

On this, my third trip to Thailand, I became a little obsessed with visiting the River Kwai. Which is kind of strange, since I didn’t really know much about it before striking out. Luckily, during our 3 days in the …

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Flotel Flavor

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Ever hear of a flotel? I hadn’t – so I went to check it out for a couple of days. A flotel is a raft hotel that floats on the river. Thailand’s famous River Kwai in this case.

Mom and …

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Meet our 20-Ton baby!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

You’ll remember that at the end of 2011, we voted to name our sponsored whaleshark “Kubwa Ya Moyo” — Swahili for “Big Heart.”

A few weeks back, I received an update on our whale of a girl:

Impressive Measurements: …

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Packing: One Week Away *Video*

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

I was heading to Burma from Thailand for just one week – so left my big bag in Bangkok and stuffed my carry-on camera bag instead. I’m calling this my Week Away Pack or “WAP” Strategy.

Watch how I fit …

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Ms. Chiang Mai

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

When traveling, there’s always the temptation to “Go Native.” In terms of dress, I mean.

I saw one such girl succumb in India. She was a blond-haired, blue-eyes Russian lassie who had festooned herself with hennaed hands and feet, jangling …

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MESSAGE: India, Kerala *Video*

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Kerala is a state in India’s southwest. The name “Kerala” means either “coconut” or “place of large mountain,” named after Anamudi, the highest peak in South India. I like the coconut version better…

According to one survey, 5 out of …

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Photo Essay: India’s Working Women

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Indian society is hierarchical, with rankings according to caste (or caste-like group), class, wealth, and power.

On this uneven playing field, Indian women face even greater barriers, especially when it comes to employment opportunities. A common belief is that a …

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India’s Backwater Houseboats

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Kerala Houseboats, also called kettuvallam, are country boats that were used to transport goods through the state’s backwater maze of canals. As more roads were built and the barges were no longer needed, the country boats transformed into a tourist …

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Why I Give

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Since I’ve started my Erin Goes Global trek — about 14 months now – I’ve made 44 grants from the GoErinGo! Fund. Of these 44 donations, there is only one I don’t feel good about. A combination of factors made …

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MESSAGE: Rajasthan *Videos*

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Rajasthan, known as the “land of colors,” lives up to its name! We found this out as we visited its 3 largest cities: Jaipur (the Pink City), Jodhpur (the Blue City) and Udaipur (the Lake City).

Covering more than 10% …

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