AKA: Death Tank Girl
Los Gatos, California
Occupation: Technical Writher
Skills: Getting lost in dangerous
Chanda is a Documentation/Technical
Writer for a large Silicon Valley software company.
Q: Why do you want to drive
around the world?
A: Although I am looking
forward to all of our destinations, I am totally fascinated by China. I
think part of what intrigues me about this country is that it is the oldest
continuous major world civilization on the planet. What an incredible heritage…what
an incredible cultural experience! Traveling through this culturally rich
land, full of natural and man-made wonders, I hope to experience firsthand
the richness of this ancient heritage. Another great thing about China
is that unlike so many traditional travel destinations around the world,
it isn’t over-burdened with tourists.
Q: What benefits do you
think this trip will have?
A: Although my reason
for visiting China may seem selfish, I believe that the stories and photos
we bring home and share will provide cultural and artistic enlightenment
for our communities in the United States. We want everyone following our
trip to feel like they are a part of it—to feel like they’ve actually experienced
the sights and cultures we will be experiencing. And without having
to sit cramped up in a Land Rover for a million miles!
Q: Do you think you will
A: Make what?
Q: What are you definitely
not leaving home without?
A: Five guys, two Land
Rovers, and my sense of humor and adventure.
Q: What will you miss most
A: # 14 regular at
Pho Thang Long’s Vietnamese restaurant and my family and friends – not
necessarily in that order.
Q: What will be the hardest
thing about being on the road?
A: Traveling with Doug—he
thinks he is perfect.
Q: What is your biggest
A: Have you ever seen that
movie called Alive?
Q: What sights are you most
looking forward to seeing?
A: I am looking forward
to seeing the Great Wall of China, the view from the Himalayas, Istanbul,
Athens, Rome, the French, Zermatt, all of the UK, and finally—six healthy
world travelers arriving in San Francisco before Christmas.
Q: What personality trait
of yours is most likely to irritate your fellow travelers?