The other day I got an amazing email from Sina Li, a Clothing Design student at University of Minnesota who was born in Cambodia. She read WAIW? and enjoyed it, which thrilled me. Her sister works at a garment factory and Sina almost did before coming to the United States.
I asked her to tell her story and she did so in the comments of this post, but I thought I would share them here, too. Thanks for Sharing Sina!
My journey from Cambodia as a sweatshop worker
This is for Kelsey asking me to write on his blog. Well it started when I was about 13 years old when my life was so close to no choice but to work at a sweatshop factory in Cambodia Phnom Penh. Every body…
I used to travel light…besides my cultural baggage. I’d throw a pair of underwear in my backpack and hit the road. I didn’t write the book on Travelin’ Light, but I did used to write the column on it.
But now that we have a baby in tow/in car seat/in jogging stroller/in arms, the packing list has expanded exponentially. Could someone tell me why a 17-pound baby requires 500-pounds of gear?
Annie, Harper, and I are in Michigan on vacation. It’s supposed to be a beach vacation, but sweatshirt weather has dictated otherwise. It took half the morning to pack all of our stuff into the four-door car, Pontiac (don’t get me started) G6 that we bought when Harper was on her way. We bought the car knowing that we would…
Don’t forget the second step of the contest where you have to email some friends about the contest and cc me. You’re not eligible to win the iPod unless you do both steps. I’m getting a big kick out of the submissions so far. Here’s one from Matt Barhorst that about made me pee my pants laughing:
This video is based on true experiences (even the bra lady!) at book signings and book clubs. If you have a book club, I would love to come visit it, especially if you’ll be discussing any or all of the following: strawberry pie, cheesecake, margaritas, beer, and (oh, yeah) my book. I would prefer to come in person, but if the distance is too great, maybe I can be there virtually (Skype, chat, phone). Email me: email@example.com
Since early in 2007, BootsnAll.com has hosted this blog for free. Today all that changes.
In high school and college I never knew anyone that had or even wanted to throw a few possessions in their backpack and head out for a few months to a foreign land. Call me sheltered, but at the time I wondered if people even did this sort of thing. When I started to float the idea with family and friends, most of them never knew either.
Enter BootsnAll and their community of friendly travelers. Their message boards are filled with like-minded folks who are happy to lend help with an itinerary or packing list.
JD Rinner at Budget Travel recently interviewed me. I need to take the photo of me in Honduras off the photo page I send to media folks. They always choose that one. When I use the photo in presentations I accompany it with, “Come on. Would you let that joker into your factory. The fro…the T-shirt… Really?”
The cool thing about the interview is that they asked some travel related questions I haven’t been asked. Have a sample:
Q: What’s your best tip for travelers going to foreign countries—like really foreign countries?
A: Trust someone you meet, but be weary of anyone who approaches offering help.
Q:How do you make sure you’re experiencing a place as a local would?
A: That’s easy. Experience a place with a local by your side. Make…