Is A Rural Life Right For You? 4 Questions To Answer Honestly

I recently went back to Indiana to visit my family. It was weird being back in the boonies. Good weird, but also so different than the D.C. area. For two nights, I stayed at my aunt's house tucked between two corn fields. When I went to bed, I noticed my aunt left all the windows… Continue reading Is A Rural Life Right For You? 4 Questions To Answer Honestly

10 Books to Buy Secondhand: What I Learned from Working in a Used Book Store

Here is my list of 10 Books You Should Never, Ever Buy New. Unless you enjoy wasting money.

My Story Was Published!

"Why didn't you tell me you had a story in The Democrat?" my dad asked over the phone as I stood in my childhood bedroom. "Right, I forgot to mention that," I said. "I didn't know when it was coming out. Is it in the paper?" A smile spread across my face. I had submitted… Continue reading My Story Was Published!

A Vietnamese Garage That Reminds Me of Home

As soon as we arrived at the garage of Cuong's Motorbike Adventures, full of U.S. Army Jeeps, motorbikes, and stacks of spare tires, I knew we had made the right decision. This garage was my kind of place. I was ready for a 3-day motorbike tour of northern Vietnam.  I had been nervous about the… Continue reading A Vietnamese Garage That Reminds Me of Home

Washing Our Clothes By Hand in a Bathroom Sink in Vietnam

This morning, I stood in front of the hotel's bathroom sink that looked like an over-sized pho bowl, squeezing dirt from Joe's blue T-shirt in water that was gradually turning a coffee-with-milk color. This dirty water was a result of our travels–our strain and our sweat. Warm bubbles floated up between my fingers. My arm muscles… Continue reading Washing Our Clothes By Hand in a Bathroom Sink in Vietnam