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I am a creative writer / surfer chick in need of adventure all the time. The only thing that keeps me grounded is my non-traveling, non-surfing pug (dog), Iris.

  • Hometown

    Honolulu, HI, USA

  • Location now


  • Work published

    TravelMag.com; BraveNewTraveler.com; Lost Magazine

  • Travel philosophy

    Live life--and see it--in full color.

  • Craziest place

    Erromango (in Vanuatu)

  • Bizarre experience

    arriving in Erromango on a grass strip to find there is in fact no airport, there were no other tourists, and that the entire village had come out of their tin/grass huts to greet the passengers--in other words, me.

  • Advice

    Don't worry--just go!

  • Dream destination

    the Galapagos

  • Traveled before

    Central and South America:






    Costa Rica


    Southeast Asia:

    Vietnam - Nha Trang, Hue, Danang, Hoi An

    Thailand - Bangkok, Ko Lao Liang, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi, Railay, Phuket, the Similan Islands

    Cambodia - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Phnom Penh, Kratie, Ban Lung, Virachey National Park

    Laos - Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Champasak (Wat Phu), Si Phan Don

    Myanmar - Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Kalaw, Yangon

    Singapore - shopping (Orchard Road), the Quays (Clark and Boat), Sentosa Island, Orchid Garden

    Indonesia - Sumatra, Mentawais, Java, Bali, Nusa Tengara (Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba), West Timor (Roti Island)



    England, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Greece



    Egypt, Israel, Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Mexico, Canada, India, China,


  • Going next

    St. John and St. Thomas

Brenda Yun's Guide Book Entries


  • Safety

    May 27, 2008 - Armenia, Colombia

    Armenia is a surprisingly clean and safe city. However, the few blocks around Plaza Bolívar can get a bit shady ......

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  • Getting Around

    May 27, 2008 - Armenia, Colombia

    With the opening of Armenia’s pedestrian mall running through the center of the city, getting around by foot is the ......

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  • Getting To and Away

    May 27, 2008 - Armenia, Colombia

    The city of Armenia is conveniently situated between some of Colombia’s largest cities. Bogotá and Medellín are just six hours ......

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  • Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados

    May 27, 2008 - Colombia

    Nevado del Ruíz, Crater de la Olleta, Nevado de Santa Isabel, Laguna Verde and Valle del Silencio are just a ......

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  • Zipaquirá

    May 24, 2008 - Zipaquirá, Colombia

    Zipaquirá is mostly known for its enormous, underground salt cathedral, but what visitors don’t know is that it is one ......

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  • Villavieja

    Jan 29, 2008 - Villavieja, Colombia

    Villavieja is a tiny village close to the Tatacoa Desert. There are no real attractions in the village itself, but ......

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  • Hotel Suite Center

    May 27, 2008 - Pereira, Colombia

    Smack dab in the center of Pereira, Hotel Suite Center is likely the most affordable and comfortable option. Rooms range ......

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  • Hotel Termales Santa Rosa de Cabal

    May 27, 2008 - Pereira, Colombia

    Travel 15 minutes out of town to Santa Rosa de Cabal and you will find this comfortable, luxurious hotel, complete ......

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  • Hacienda Guayabal

    May 27, 2008 - Manizales, Colombia

    If you don’t mind staying outside of Manizales to get an hacienda experience, this gorgeous coffee farm and homestay in ......

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  • Kilaba

    May 27, 2008 - Pereira, Colombia

    This unique eatery, with an Arabian take on Colombian cuisine, serves up bandeja paisa and other traditional dishes with some ......

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  • La Catorce

    May 27, 2008 - Pereira, Colombia

    La Catorce shopping mall, across from the bus terminal, is a convenient eating spot for those just passing through Pereira. ......

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  • La Cave

    May 24, 2008 - Popayán, Colombia

    La Cave serves as proof as to why Popayán was awarded the 2005 UNESCO World City of Gastronomy. I went ......

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  • Parque Nacional Ucumarí

    May 27, 2008 - Pereira, Colombia

    Parque Nacional Ucumarí is one of Colombia’s best locations to spot birds, animals and plant life. The variations in altitude ......

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  • Tierra Viva

    May 27, 2008 - Manizales, Colombia

    Tierra Viva is a private agricultural and ecological park where you can rest, take part in some outdoor activities, and ......

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  • Los Yarumos Ecological Park

    May 27, 2008 - Manizales, Colombia

    Los Yarumos Ecological Park is a lush, green forest reserve situated in the city’s surrounding cloud forest. Visitors can enjoy ......

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  • Christian Dojoseba

    Apr 27, 2008 - Cali, Colombia

    Christian, the owner of Kaffee Erde Hostal, is a very accommodating tour operator who is more than happy to take ......

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  • Territorio Aventura

    Apr 23, 2008 - Armenia, Colombia

    Just 30 minutes from Armenia, you can visit a natural park, try your hand at fishing, go kayaking or rafting, ......

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  • Adventure Ecoturismo

    Mar 26, 2008 - Cartagena, Colombia

    Adventure Ecoturismo is a great tour operator providing superior city tours or arranging tours in northern Colombia. Trips and excursions ......

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  • Javierana University

    May 12, 2008 - Cali, Colombia

    Javeriana University, a Jesuit school located in southern Cali, offers a special “Functional Spanish for Foreigners” language and culture program ......

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  • International Student Services Organization

    May 12, 2008 - Cali, Colombia

    For a shorter Spanish language program, you could opt for the one offered at ISSO, which provides online, small group ......

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  • Universidad Santiago de Cali

    May 12, 2008 - Cali, Colombia

    Specifically designed for foreigners, the Universidad Santiago de Cali offers a Spanish-language course with a good deal of social interaction ......

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  • Centro Comercial Unico

    Apr 27, 2008 - Cali, Colombia

    If you are looking for quality goods at a discounted price, this is the outlet mall for you. It is ......

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  • Loma de la Cruz

    Apr 27, 2008 - Cali, Colombia

    Little stores line the streets around Loma de la Cruz, making this area your best bet for purchasing artisan goods. ......

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  • Chipichape

    Apr 27, 2008 - Cali, Colombia

    Chipichape, located in the north, is currently the mall of choice. By day, shoppers come in hordes searching for the ......

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