Camille Shawley

Moving to Indiana

Moving to Indiana

After just 12 hours in Tokyo I went on my way to Chicago.  I knew whatever the temperature back home was certainly going to be cooler and less humid than Southeast Asia and I was more than ok with that.  I arrived home on a…

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12 hours in Tokyo

12 hours in Tokyo

Here’s a photo essay of my 12 hours in Tokyo.   In summary, I landed after maybe two hours of sleep, walked around in 90 degree weather to the Meiji Shrine, went to Hurujuko, got lost, got found, ate the best Tuna I’ve had in…

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Beautiful Halong Bay

Beautiful Halong Bay

Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever traveled to.  It was a great way to end my backpacking trip feeling rested.  There are approximately 2,000 limestone karsts or mini mountains that jut out of the waters to create amazing backdrops.  I…

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Eating in Hanoi

Eating in Hanoi

I tried to go crazy in Hanoi and try different foods.  Outside of Bangkok, some of the best food I ate in Southeast Asia was in Vietnam.  In a photo essay, here’s what I sampled.  Not the best photos and I am writing this nearly…

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Late Nights in Hanoi

Late Nights in Hanoi

I ended my Stray adventure in Hanoi and was sad to leave the beautiful mountains and caves away from the city.  I made some new friends on the tour but after the heat and humidity of Southeast Asia and lack of personal space, I was…

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My last homestay in Vietnam

My last homestay in Vietnam

My last homestay in Vietnam was absolutely stunning.  Our Stray group arrived to a remote village where again, our hosts prepared dinner and breakfast for us and we all stayed in one room together with pillow like mat beds and mosquito nets.  Maybe too close…

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Caving in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Caving in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Before reaching Hanoi, I spent two days exploring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park which solidified my thoughts on believing that Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to.  The National Park is one of the worlds largest limestone regions traced…

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Vinh Moc Tunnels

Vinh Moc Tunnels

As a quick stop driving North from Hoi An to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, we took a detour to visit the Son Vinh Moc Tunnels that were used during the Vietnamese or locally called American war.  These were the only tunnels I saw…

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Biking Cam Kim island near Hoi An

Biking Cam Kim island near Hoi An

For my second day in Hoi An, my new Canadian friend, Adina, and I took a bike riding tour through the islands off of Hoi An.  We took a ferry with several local commuters and their bicycles as well as motorbikes.  The weather was a…

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Eating at Little Menu

Eating at Little Menu

When traveling through Laos I met a lovely girl from England named Ash.  Ash taught English in Vietnam for six months and traveled the country extensively.  Her favorite city was Hoi An and she spoke about Hoi An daily, no joke.  She had much credibility…

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