Trip Planning – continued.


I realize it’s been almost a month since my last update about our upcoming trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, but I don’t really have much to report that is worth reading – or rather anything to report that won’t make my blood pressure rise, as if someone has just cut in front of me in line for Glee Live (for you, Lisa and Bana).  Anyway, we’ve been going down the path of using a travel agent and that path has approximately 259 different routes and each route also includes a detour where someone tries to steal your candy – and I really like candy.

Anyway, to help explain a little more, here are our three “best” options at this time:

  1. So overpriced that it’s comical, but really descriptive itinerary
  2. Within a more normal, not on drugs, price range, but only responds every 2-3 weeks, and then when they do, they say to call anytime and that will be better.. so you call twice and they never call you back
  3. Responds within a day, but with errors (like counting a day twice or quoting a hotel price that I saw for 1/2 on their website the same day)

So what do I do?  First, I looked for more options on Google, Trip Advisor, my cats belly, and in sky-writing.  Result: there are about 1 million options.  Filter out 2/3 of them, because the websites are so terrible I can’t even imagine giving them my credit card.  Then, filter out 1/2 of the ones with decent websites because they think the only way to travel is by private helicopter and having someone walk FOR you.  Then, email the remaining 10 potential matches and receive a response from ONE, after a WEEK.  See why I can’t blog about this?

So the search continues.

One positive note: In Hanoi, we will be seeing a Water Puppet Show.


And now for a more delicious variety of an update?  A success in the crock pot.  This success is a direct reflection of my awesome ability to stock-pile blogs on my Google Reader.  Enter The Domestic Wannabe.  Ashley’s funny.  And her daughter is edible.  And I like her honesty about life.  Anyway, a few days ago, she blogged about a crock pot recipe and since I’ve only used mine once (in 4 years) and Arion is home to wash the heavy thing, I decided to go for it.

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

And. It. Was. Delicious.

That’s a picture from the recipe’s website, Skinny Taste, since I learned last night that I’m not quite skilled enough as a photographer to capture food yet.

But you should make it.  Arion ate his straight out of a bowl like traditional chili, with sour cream and cheese on top, and I put mine in a tortilla, with sour cream and cheese in it (duh).




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