Who’s Really Teaching Who?

To all the teachers reading this, I have two things to say: First of all, thank you. For everything. After teaching English for a month in Vietnam, I have truly come to appreciate how exhausting teaching is. I come home after a long day of energetic teaching and just want to lock myself in my room […]

A Crash Course to Driving in Vietnam

I’m not an aggressive driver. And I’ve never been a big fan of drivers who recklessly cut you off and honk their horns for little reason. Before getting to Vietnam, I maybe honked my horn at 3 people in my life. But driving in Vietnam has forced me to adapt. Traffic in Vietnam is, put […]

The Scariest Cab Ride I’ve Ever Taken

My first night in Vietnam was…interesting to say the least. I flew from Osaka, Japan to arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam around 1am. From there, I went through immigration with relative ease. As I sat waiting for the employees to approve my visa application, I befriended a young German couple staying in Hanoi. Since it was 2:30 […]

Living in the Moment

As my time in Japan comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on my experience here. I’ve met so many incredible people, seen some great sights, eaten DELICIOUS food, and learned a thing or two along the way. But long term travel isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I do get homesick, and I often find […]

My First Tattoo! (Art Exhibition)

So the title may be misleading; I didn’t actually get a tattoo. But rather… I went to an art exhibit displaying the work of famed artist, Yousuke Akimitsu. He is known for being one of the most famous tattoo artists in the world! Multiple artists from New York even showed up to get a look […]

A Little Dose of Racism While Traveling

My time in Japan has been wonderful, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. The cities are clean, the countryside is beautiful, and the nature is astonishing. That being said, I must discuss my experiences with a contentious topic that plagues the world and has affected me directly in Japan: racism. Here in Japan, […]

The Most Wonderful Goodbye

Three days before leaving the United States for my travels, I got the wonderful opportunity to be surrounded by my entire family. No, it was not to see me off and say bon voyage, but rather for a more important voyage. The exciting journey of marriage between my sister Alex, and her now-husband, Jeff.Our extended […]

Superheroes Do Exist

Let me start off by saying that Sharon Cloud is one of the strongest people I’ve ever met. Her story is riddled with trials and tribulations, but her perseverance to get through them all left me speechless.   I didn’t meet her in person, but rather, a friend of mine was her resilience counselor. Karl […]