Phong Nha Caves Vietnam Adventures -Part 2

Phong Nha Caves Vietnam Adventures Part 2. Did you miss Part 1 of the Phong Nha Caves Vietnam Adventures?… [more...]

Phong Nha Caves Vietnam Adventures -Part 2 Phong Nha Caves Vietnam Adventures -Part 2

Top 5 Highlights of Da Nang, Vietnam

My time in Da Nang is almost over and I would like to reflect on my Top 5 Highlights of Da Nang Vietnam. These… [more...]

Top 5 Highlights of Da Nang, Vietnam Top 5 Highlights of Da Nang, Vietnam

Hoi An - Full-Moon Festival

An absolute highlight of my travels in Southeast Asia was the Hoi An - Full-Moon Festival. I sit… [more...]

Hoi An - Full-Moon Festival Hoi An - Full-Moon Festival

Golden Rock Myanmar: in Kyaikhto

Another highlight of Myanmar was the Golden Rock Myanmar, Kyaikhto Golden rock, Kyaikhto Myanmar.   I… [more...]

Golden Rock Myanmar: in Kyaikhto Golden Rock Myanmar: in Kyaikhto

Human Powered Ferris Wheel

A Human Powered Ferris Wheel... I never knew such things existed! Coming to a corner the somewhat… [more...]

Human Powered Ferris Wheel Human Powered Ferris Wheel
“Twenty years from now we will be more disappointed by the things we didn’t do
than by the ones we did do.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

On this site, Journey of a Jungle Girl, I seek to connect the pieces of my life by telling my tales both from my past and from my present. My journey begins deep in a wild untamed jungle in Papua New Guinea... and it continues through the discovery and marvel of this vast and beautiful Earth to facing my fears of the concrete jungle of the modern world and my pursuit of becoming a doctor. They are stories of adventure and discovery, stories that tie together cultures separated by millenniums of time. They will tell of times both adventurous and hopeful and sad and thought provoking. Everyone has a journey to tell; stories of where they came from, stories that makes them who they are. In telling my journey I seek to remember the roots of my past in order to deepen my understanding of myself and the dreams and passions that drive me each day into my future. We only have one life to live - why not live it to its fullest!



Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi Gregg, an American pilot working in Vietnam, and I take a motor biking day trip to visit Ba Vi National Park. It is about an hour-long drive southwest of Hanoi. We climb to the top and although it is hazy, the view is stunning! There is a very tall pagoda at the top, […]


Volunteer in Pattaya, Thailand

I was able to Volunteer in Pattaya, Thailand and although short it truly was eye-opening and an experience that, I would not change for anything. Heading to Pattaya I went back to Bangkok where I connect with Lena again! (: We follow a connection Dawn Suwaratana gave me and take a bus with a goal to volunteer […]


Luang Prabang Travel Highlights of Laos

Luang Prabang Travel Highlights of Laos I left from Thailand and headed to the boarder and crossed by boat into Laos at Chiang Khong. Practically every tourist going this route takes the slow boat to Luang Prabang. I choose to go against the flow of the slow boat – hearing that it was 2 days […]

Map of Laos

Laos Highlights

There are many Laos Highlights-Laos is landlocked by Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. It is officially called Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Tourism is growing but not as extensive as it is in other SE Asia countries, and it is easier to find simple and pleasant traveling adventures off the beaten tourist path. Click on […]


Flooding In Bangkok

Thailand: I returned to find flooding in Bangkok. The city already partially flooded is a bustle as its inhabitants prepare for the worse – everywhere shop owners are building cement barricades around their storefronts. I stayed at New Road Guest House: A delightful find in this crazy tourist trap of a city. Dorm beds = […]

My Pre-Southeast Asia Newsletter – And A Little Recent History

Hello all my wonderful friends and family,   I have had the wonderful privilege of seeing/talking to many of you more recently but some of you, sadly, I have not seen in ages. Since each of you has been important in my life somehow I felt I owed you, first of all, a thank you […]