I was reading my activist newsletters this morning as usual. Then I surfed the net and stumbled upon Karin Muller -- a fascinating adventurer. She grew up inspired by stories of Africa where her mother lived. She was also inspired like I was by the National Geographic.
Hitchhiking Vietnam is a PBS television special about Karin's travels through Vietnam where she discovers the illegal exotic animal trade. Straight from PBS.ORG's website is Karen's story....
"It is illegal to buy, sell, trade, or own an endangered animal in Vietnam. Nevertheless, the "Exotic Animal Market" is a prominent and permanent structure in the middle of Saigon and even gets listed in the tourist guidebooks."
READ MORE about Hitchhiking Vietnam....
Karin is doing with her life what I would love to be doing. She is a successful filmmaker, photographer and adventure traveler. Read why she chose to travel through Vietnam....
From Wikipedia: Karin Muller (born June 8, 1965) is a Swiss-born author, filmmaker, photographer, and adventurer. Muller set out in the 1990s to travel the world's historic highways. She is an expert lecturer on Japan for the National Geographic Society has been featured on National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio's Marketplace, and her writing appears in National Geographic and Traveler magazines. Her first expedition took her to the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam, which enabled her to produce a PBS television special, Hitchhiking Vietnam, and a companion book by Globe Pequot Press of the same name.
Here are excerpts of letters Karin wrote her mother as she traveled. I'm still laughing ..
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