In 1970 I had recently moved to Washington, DC, to make my way in the world. I was working for the FBI, which is a story in itself, and sharing an apartment in Alexandria with home-town friend Ginger Allen and a rotating group of other Vicksburg friends who were in town for internships or who were otherwise looking for a place to crash cheap.

One day my parents called. They were planning a trip to Hong Kong and Japan to attend the International Bar Association (IBA) convention in Tokyo; was I interested in coming along? They would pay my travel expenses. Oh yes, I was definitely interested!

First I had to negotiate the time off with my incredibly rigid employer -- this was in the J. Edgar Hoover era. I was perfectly prepared to quit the job if necessary, but we worked out a deal whereby I would work Saturdays for months in order to accrue enough "comp time." That experience was a whole 'nother story in itself.

In the meantime I contacted Peco, my roommate from my German study abroad, and arranged to stay with her family for the week we were in Tokyo.

Since I was to meet my parents in St. Louis, where they were attending the American Bar Association (ABA) meeting, I also arranged a brief visit with my then-boyfriend who was stationed in Oklahoma at Ft. Sill. (It was practically on the way between Washington and St. Louis!)

All the years I was growing up my family traveled primarily to visit relatives or to attend ABA meetings! The meetings made it possible for my father to deduct part of the cost as a business expense. When it became possible for individual lawyers to join the IBA, international trips were added to the mix. Trips that I remember were this one to the Far East, San Francisco, Montreal, Dallas, and Ireland.

There are a couple of ways to follow this trip. I've tried to make the narrative a complete summary, but I've used many links to other web sites to provide additional details and sometimes pictures. You can either stick with the basic narrative or explore the various links. At the time this album was created the links were all valid, but the WWW is in constant flux and that will change. If you encounter broken links, please send some email.

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