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The Kirwan Twins Adventures We've finally graduated, so we're setting off for three months to backpack around India, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand before entering the "real world."

Trip: India and beyond...

There are [25] stories from my trip: India and beyond...

Picture Links

USA | Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | Views [422] | Comments [1]

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Tags: Sightseeing

Virgin Train Riders and the Dao Raffle

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | Views [806]

Our trip to Sapa, a small mountain town in North Vietnam, began with an overnight train. Before our group of mothers and daughters clamored onto the train, we stocked up on nightcaps of Tiger beer in the station. Compared to Emma and my many experiences ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

The Mekong Delta

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | Views [829] | Comments [1]

I arrived at Ho Chi Minh City and was greeted by sweltering heat and a mass of silent Vietnamese who seemed mesmerized by the sight of a wild-haired 'mature' backpacker being knocked over by a pair of equally wild-haired identical twins. Huge hugs all ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

Seven Women at the Dinner Table

VIETNAM | Saturday, 19 May 2007 | Views [636] | Comments [1]

Traveling with four ladies is manageable, so is five. Seven may be stretching it, especially when your choice destination is a town renowned for its tailor shops and food. Our clan of seven women included Ilsa, Izzy, Mamma, Dimity, Emily, Shana, and ... Read more >

Tags: Laughter

Hotels, Hostels, and Bungalows

VIETNAM | Saturday, 19 May 2007 | Views [694] | Comments [1]

From Ho Chi Minh City, SEED traveled northeast to the beaches of Mui Ne. This resort town can be more appropriately defined as a 15 kilometer stretch of hotels and restaurants lining the beach front to the point that a beach does not actually exist; ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

How to cross the road in Vietnam - and survive

VIETNAM | Friday, 18 May 2007 | Views [3275]

Like most countries, Vietnam has paved roads both in the cities and small towns.  Actually, Vietnamese roads are better than many New York streets since they don't have any potholes and you don't have to worry about braking an axle or getting electrocuted ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline

Detour to Battambang

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 29 Apr 2007 | Views [1320] | Comments [1]

From Angkor Wat, we hoppped on a bus to Battambang, a French colonial town that was meant to be charming and lazy place set on a river. The taxi picked us up from the Dead Fish at 7am and drove us, literally, around the corner to the travel agent. After ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

The Misadventures of SEED

VIETNAM | Sunday, 29 Apr 2007 | Views [1576] | Comments [2]

Note to self: Do not stray off the beaten track if you don't speak Vietnamese. Day One It all began in Cambodia. Well, considering our history of traveling with Emily Gold, it may have really begun in Romania and followed us here (but that is ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Angkor WHAT?

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | Views [759]

Our first stop in Cambodia was Siem Riep, home to Angkor Wat, an ancient city of temples vying for a spot as one of the new seven wonders of the world. Thanks to the eager staff at the Dead Fish, we found a wonderful tuk-tuk driver named Merci, who ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Official Corruption

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | Views [588]

Crossing into Cambodia was a special treat. Emily, Shana, Dimbo, and I arrived at the bus terminal at the crack of dawn only to discover that the 7:30am bus was canceled in leu of the 10:30am bus. So, we made ourselves comfortable with some Thai ... Read more >

Tags: Scams & Robberies

Southeast Asian Relief

THAILAND | Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | Views [489]

Departing India was appropriately Indian. Despite arriving at the airport SEVERAL hours before our departure, we were not allowed to check our bags into security until 45 minutes before our flight. This meant that a throng, not a line but a throng, ... Read more >

Tags: Airports

The Killing Fields

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | Views [659]

As some of you may not know....Cambodia was the site of unfathomable violence, or what many call genocide, during the Khmer Rouge (a.k.a. Pol Pot regime. From 1975-1979, about 2 million men, women, and children were killed in order to pave way for ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Culinary Bliss and Happy People

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | Views [1414]

Phnom Phen is a city where I could quite easily see myself living... Compared to Delhi, the capital is immaculate and locals take care to keep their plethora of open green parks and wide streets clean. Funnily enough, the dirtiest part of the city ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Gallery: India Pics!

INDIA | Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | Photo Gallery

some good pictures
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A breath of cool, crisp air...

INDIA | Saturday, 21 Apr 2007 | Views [1122] | Comments [1]

After our long trip in Rhajastan, we all eagerly awaited the arrival of our new travel buddy for a week - Sven - as well as our relief from the hot weather in Northern India. In Delhi, we boarded a 6am train to Shimla.  During the British Raj, the government ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains

Sand Troopers

INDIA | Saturday, 21 Apr 2007 | Views [977] | Comments [1]

By the time we reached Khuri, close to the Pakistan border, we were on the verge of becoming true sand troopers. Khuri is a base for camel safaris. We parked our gear at a mud hut for the first night and dined on Rhajastani cuisine. As the sun fell down ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

The Blue City

INDIA | Saturday, 21 Apr 2007 | Views [616]

Although most cities in Rhajastan have unsurprisingly blended together in my mind, Jodhpur stands out for several reasons: Like every other city, Jodhpur has a fort perched on a hill. For those of you who have read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Good Vibrations

INDIA | Saturday, 7 Apr 2007 | Views [773] | Comments [1]

From Delhi we planned a two week road trip through the expanse of Rajasthan's mystical desert cities and sandy terrain. We hired a driver to take us from Delhi to Agra where we marveled at the looming, white marble of the Taj Mahal. This architectural ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

The city tour begins...

INDIA | Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | Views [1459] | Comments [6]

As we mournfully left the stunning beaches of Varkala we were beginning to wonder whether we should have gotten "stuck" there just a smidgeon longer. At a godawful hour in the dingy morning we hopped on a local train to Kerala's main city, ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Sensory Overload!!

INDIA | Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | Views [646] | Comments [1]

In India, there seemes to be a constant battle of the senses. One moment you can be walking down the street and your nostrils are filled with the welcoming aroma of spices and deep fried food. Your tase buds come alert with pleasure and your mouth ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

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