Lonely Girl Travels

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Lonely Girl Travels
Lauren Quinn is a freelance writer who grew up in Oakland. Lauren has traveled independently (and once illegally) to over thirty countries across five continents!
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  • End of the Road 1 year ago Reasons why I’m ending this blog: 1. I’m tired. I’m bored. Have you noticed how infrequently I’ve been posting? It’s like torture trying to get myself to write a post—I’ll start one, write a few hundred words, check my FB, check my Twitter feed, get a glass of water, leave the tab...
  • Not Making It, In Manhattan and Hanoi 2 years ago AC, bedspread, feet stretched out in front of me, laptop on my lap just the way it’s supposed to be. Picture in the box in the screen; I smile and he smiles — “It’s good to see you!” we both say and laugh. The background is the same: the narrow walls of the apartment, canvases […]
  • Til Your Money Runs Out: In Tai O, In Old Clothes 2 years ago I could live here, I thought. I could stay here til my money runs out. I don’t need to go back; I don’t even know where “back” is. I thought this as I walked through Tai O last night, down the narrow cement alley of a fishing village on the far end of one of […]
  • A Small Kind of Gift: Dancers Behind the Glass 2 years ago Skyline, sunset, nine stories up. Sitting in a glass room that doesn’t feel entirely dissimilar to a cage. An antiseptic cage, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, white crisp lines, a little terrace landscaped with rocks and moss in a manner vaguely Zen. I’m early for tutoring, or rather the...
  • "You Don't Have To Like It But...": A West Oakland Story About Vietnamese Culture 2 years ago When I moved to Hanoi, there was this refrain I kept hearing the long-term expats say: “You don’t have to like Vietnamese culture, but you have to respect it.” Which makes sense, you know; you don’t have to be a historian to know that these are the folks who beat the Chinese, beat the...

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