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Monkeys as a tourist attraction: Not all monkeys are worth their weight in gold

You dirty rotten monkeys!  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 meet new friends and become popular in Vietnam

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


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

I’ve always dreamt 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 to save 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…


Why you must 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…


Live like a king and/or queen by taking this one action

My observation: America is so expensive, especially California where I live. Aren’t there some other places I could go where I don’t need $3,000 USD per month just to cover expenses? Yes, there are. Lots of them! In fact. almost 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…


How to immerse yourself in the culture

  EEK!  I was almost stolen by a six-year-old Vietnamese child! YIKES! I saw my life flash before my eyes as I was headed to Tony’s lips, which would mean that I would soon be deposited in a landfill.  I Read more…