Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam AKA Saigon

Mekong canoe ride

How can you top Siem Reap? They were big shoes to fill for Ho Chi Minh. Unfortunately, Ho Chi Minh fell short. Kelly and I agreed not long after arriving that we desperately wanted to go back to Cambodia. Ho Chi Minh (aka Saigon) is a dirty, smelly city filled with motorbikes. And I don’t […]

Siem Reap, Cambodia and The Smiling Mom

I didn’t know what to expect when arriving in Cambodia. It was already nighttime as evident by the swarm of mosquitos, crickets and other bugs awaiting outside the arrival door at the baggage claim. A few jumped right down my shirt as I exited. I was taken back and a little nervous as I am […]

Bangkok, Thailand

I have two days in Bangkok. A bustling, large city heavy with pollution. My friend, Mapi, keeps a place a few hours outside the city and happened to be there the same time as me. She came into the city and joined me for the two days. We strolled the night market full of knock […]

Ping Pong Phuket

We took the 2 hour ferry ride over to Phuket for our last two nights together as a group. We stayed in the quiet yet bustling town of Surin beach. It is a small beach nestled on the North West coast of Phuket far enough away from the over crowded Patong, Karon and Kata beaches […]

Krabi and Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

I packed a very light bag filled with flip-flops, light sundresses, bikinis and beach cover ups since we were headed to an exotic, tropical, beach location. This was finally the sun filled beach week I had been longing for. There was no beach holiday in Europe, Ohio or even in Bali. It was Fall while […]

Singapore: Kelly’s birthday weekend

Our weekend in Singapore filled with activities began on Friday flying in from Bali. We hurriedly showered and changed our clothes to catch the David Foster concert Kelly had arranged tickets for. Five of us made it, two fell out due to “Bali Belly” that was rapidly spreading around the group.  We arrived at the […]

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. The gang gets bigger!

We headed out to Ubud in our matching dresses. We left the scenic shore lined coast of Seminyak for the center of Bali, Ubud. Ubud is where the author of Eat, Pray, Love stayed while in Bali. It is said to be the heart and soul of the island. We made a few stops on […]

Singapore and Seminyak, Bali: The cast of characters

The girls: Carolyn, Claire, Kelly, Jodie I flew a long miserable flight into Singapore. I always have a hard time sleeping on planes. This time was no different. I arrived at my friend Kelly’s place in Singapore with enough time to clean up, do a quick reshuffle of luggage and head to bed. There were […]

Back to Berlin. Over to Brussels and Paris. Onto London and Home. The End of Leg 2.

I caught my flight back to Berlin at 7am dragging my feet. Thankfully, it was a fairly short flight. I leaned my head against the window and was able to catch about 20 good minutes of sleep. It’s miserable to be this tired, this run down. Life is so much more enjoyable when you’ve had […]

Assisi, Bettona and Perugia, Italy

I took the train the next day to Orte where my friend picked me up and drove us to Assisi. We toured the church where St. Francis is buried. A church, I was told, may be even more important than the Vatican to Catholics.  We left the church to find a heavy drizzle of rain. […]

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