Published on October 13th, 2011


Eating Live Cobra: What I WON’T be doing in Hanoi soon…

Holy Freekin’ Furballs!   Little more than two weeks to go!


This honey is headed for Belize!

And here I sit, surfing all manner of Vietnam trivia to calm my nerves after…

Woo-HOO (and YIKES!) I sold the car last night!

(Interestingly, to a dear Belizean gentleman who’s up here visiting his brother on a 6 month visa – who plans to drive it from Seattle down, down, down to the tropical jungles of Belize.  Rather ironic, given that I spent most of my professional life running/guiding trips to the funky land of Belize.  Kinda nice to think that… while I’m skipping around Vietnam on the other side of the Planet – my sweet little Toyota Corolla DX Wagon will be bouncing over dirt roads down in Belize.)

So yup, I’m now wheel-less, and my apartment looks like a bomb shelter. Verily the bare basics of a bed, my desk and this laptop.

Ah but a chum is lending me a car for the next 2 weeks, and tomorrow night my friends are throwing me a “Going-Away” party (my first, – and no doubt last – ever “Facebook-orchestrated” party).

So I’m chugging along here – albeit in a bit of a surreal stupor – as I dismantle my entire life in favor of jumping off a virtual cliff into the Southeast Asia unknown.

CobraInJar350x526And thus, I’m inspired to devise a new blog post “label” here, dubbed “WTFHIGMI” (WTF-Have-I-Gotten-Myself-Into)!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you with a peek into what I may well have to look forward to when I land in Hanoi:

Eating Cobra in Hanoi: A step-by-step guide

(and be sure to watch the “beating cobra heart” video)

Note to self:  Pack plenty of Cliff bars should you perchance find yourself in sudden need of a quick snack.


About the Author

Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!

6 Responses to Eating Live Cobra: What I WON’T be doing in Hanoi soon…

  1. Jeremy says:

    Haha the cobra has another snake in it’s mouth, wtf!

  2. Fida says:

    How exciting! I wish you all the best! You are way ahead of me. I still have to stay put until my condo is soled. Grrr…

  3. OMG…you’re really going and soon, too! How exciting! I’m living vicariously through you, you know? It’s going to be one hell of an adventure, I’m sure! 🙂

    Meanwhile, I love this: WTFHIGMI….can I borrow it sometime? Like if I ever make it to Sumatra? 🙂

    Best of luck!!

  4. TravelnLass says:

    @feedingsquirrels & Dalene – yep, nice to know my old wheels are having a global adventure too!

    And yup, no way am I fool enough to try live cobra (though… it might be fun to peek in on somebody else doing it!)

  5. Dalene says:

    I love that your car is also going on a big cross-continental adventure!

    Hmm. Me thinks I would be steering clear of that cobra!

  6. Cool! Congratulations on your car becoming as global as you.

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