A Truly Local Experience in Vietnam

When I told people I was traveling to Vietnam, many responses I got were along the lines of “be careful.” Which I came to mean as, “that country seems unsafe, so be careful and don’t get robbed or worse.” Sadly, I did not get the same reaction when I told people I was backpacking through […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Best Peaches I’ve Ever Had

I was driving down the road near Sunset, South Carolina when I passed by a fruit stand on the side of the road. My aunt had told me that South Carolina peaches were actually better than famous Georgia peaches, so I thought I’d give them a shot.   As I pulled up to the ramshackle […]