In Autumn 2011 I embarked on a volunteer experience in Southern Vietnam for just under a month. It is a country that I’ve always wanted to visit and I’m pretty sure a lot of you feel the same way. In some ways Vietnam is a lot like the rest of South East Asia, with a [...]
Bond… James Bond While we were back in Canada last week, we happened to be home for the debut of Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie with Daniel Craig. We both agree, he’s the best James Bond ever and while I was watching the movie, I started to think about all the cool Bond Locations [...]
Your Christmas shopping is done. Unfortunately, there are children in this world that have never received a gift. They don’t know what it’s like to go to school, play with toys or even have the opportunity to drink clean water. You can change all that with the Intrepid Foundation.
Who Likes Train Travel? We love taking the train. There is nothing better than watching the countryside pass by as you relax in your compartment while getting to know your fellow passengers.
One volunteer and intrepid traveler is taking part in the GVN Foundation’s Cycling Challenge in Vietnam. Biking over 500km to raise funds for orphans, medical care and salaries for physical therapists who work with the severely disabled children.
After grabbing a jeep from our guesthouse we were taken to these amazing Sand Dunes that looked to be untouched by human feet at least for the past couple of days. I captured this image as one of the people we were traveling with headed up the sand dunes first. We had an amazing day sand boarding and enjoying the beautiful weather.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are a must see destination. During the War it was the major battleground. All of those old war movies that you watched where the US soldier ran after a rebel in the jungle only to have him disappear in plain sight…well a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels explains all that.
So you have been backpacking through South East Asia for a couple of months. You have travelled through several countries trekking over mountains, sleeping in dingy guest houses, wearing the same clothes for days and you haven’t had a decent shower in I don’t know how long. Not the makings of a romantic travel situation [...]
The Girl in the Photograph, the Napalm Girl, the little girl who was the focus of what is considered The Photo Of the Century is alive and well and living here in Canada. She was the little girl from the Vietnam War whose village was blasted with napalm bombs, caught on film as she ran naked with 60% of her body covered in 3rd degree burns. Napalm burns at 800° I learned that evening, and she told us of how a soldier tried to ease her pain by pouring water on her burns. We all know now, that only makes it worse and she passed out. Brought to a hospital, she was left for dead. However, fate intervened and she is alive and well today and telling her story to the world.
We drove non stop from the border to downtown Saigon. A city etched in my brain from all of the war films that I watched as a kid. This is a place that I never dreamed that I would be visiting and here I am, standing right in the centre of it. Women whiz by on their mopeds, dressed in white from head to toe. White gloves, white hat, flowing white silk suits and a white mask to block out exhaust pollution. Motorbikes span the streets in thick packs making crossing feel like a game of Frogger.