Vietnam :: The Cu Chi Tunnels

“We became so tuned up after a while that when the other person would flick an eyelid up or down, you really knew he was there, in the corner, not even hiding anymore. Just sitting and waiting. They were the ones you never killed. You just backed out and told them up above the tunnel was cold.”
– Tom Mangold, The Tunnels of Cu Chi

After being brought up on war movies by my older brother, (thanks, bro), I knew that even if I were to miss everything else in Vietnam, I would make sure to see the Cu Chi Tunnels.

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Hawaii: Hawaii Five-O HQ

This is gonna be a short and nerdy post. Our Pearl Harbour tour guide, Nancy, just happened to take us up by the statue of King Kamehameha while en route to the punchbowl (cemetery). She asked if anyone wanted pictures and I had to stop myself from shouting “YES!!”. I quietly… yeah, ok, quite enthusiastically started on the Hawaii Five-O theme and she said “Thank God you did that, so I didn’t have to”. Continue reading

Hawaii: Pearl Harbour 1 – The USS Bowfin

Today was an eventful day… I got up at 0530 am to get ready for my guided tour/trip. Discovering Hawaii Tours had a pretty sweet deal where you get to visit Pearl Harbour (including entry to the USS Bowfin submarine, a trip out to the USS Arizona Memorial and all the museums on the grounds), then they take you to the USS Missouri where you get a guided tour of the battleship and some time to stomp around on your own, before they take you to the Aviation Museum and Hangar 79, before you end up with a visit to the “Punchbowl” (National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific). Between there we actually made a stop at the statue of King Kamehameha and “Hawaii 5-0 headquarters”!! Psyched! I had that on my list of things to do 😀 Continue reading