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Movie theaters and cinemas in Asia. American movie premier in Asia.

I get to see the new Star Wars movie before the rest of the world! I’ve always wanted to attend the first showing of a movie, but for major releases at home in the USA, that usually requires standing in Read more…


Monkey tourist attractions: Do you dare to visit?

You rotten little monkey!  An excursion which was supposed to be a fun group bonding outing to Monkey Island is ending up being less like fun and more like terrorizing. We bonded alright, because we were grabbing onto each other Read more…


How to make friends with local people when you travel

The whole point of cultural travel is to meet local people and become involved in their culture. So how do you meet people? Can you really become popular when you don’t even know the language?  Be open to invitations I Read more…


Accommodations available in Vietnam. Be careful. My hotel bed tried to kill me.

My observations: I’ve always dreamed of moonlight dancing in exotic countries and I’m finally realizing my dream. But this is far from the romantic experience I envisioned. I awoke in the middle of the night and here I am dancing Read more…


Western holidays celebrated in Asia

I pull into Bien Hoa, Vietnam and I wonder why the first thing I see is a giant Christmas tree in front of the four story mall, and why are the words BLACK FRIDAY written on the windows?  That’s an Read more…


Navigating Vietnam traffic. What downhill snow skiers understand about Vietnam traffic

What kind of insanity is this Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam traffic, it’s…it’s….it’s snowskiing.! Yes, that’s it! It’s the black diamond run at the ski resort and the pedestrian trying to cross the street is the snow bunny, you know, Read more…


How to eat with chopsticks and scissors in Asia

My first impression: Where’s the knife? How am I supposed to cut my food with chop sticks? There must be an art to it because I can’t  figure it out! How do you cut food with chop sticks? My first Read more…


Teach English abroad and live like a king and queen in a developing country

The question: America and Europe are so expensive. Aren’t there some other places I could live where I don’t need $3,000 USD per month just to cover expenses? Yes, there are. Lots of them! In fact. almost anyplace else in Read more…


How to score the best seat on the plane without flying first class

Do you know what that little minx did? She purposely entered the plane last and didn’t even sit in her own seat. I saw her scanning the rows until her eyes landed on a 5 person row with nobody in Read more…


How to travel internationally without leaving your own country

My observation:  In my quest to explore the cultures of the world, I really don’t even need to leave the safety and familiarity of my own country. I could just explore the different pockets of culture here on my own Read more…