It was Friday when Josh and I rang the door to Tirana Backpackers. No one was answering. I was exhausted at this point—tired from traveling, tired from not eating—it had been almost twelve hours since breakfast. I didn’t have the energy to find my way around an unknown city’s streets in a strange new country. … Continue reading The Balkan Boogie: Tirana, Night One
It was four thirty in the morning, and we were walking down the road, no telling how far we were from Skopje—or anything. I just wanted to sleep. The bus had dropped everyone off in the middle of nowhere instead of Skopje's bus station. The driver had called his friend, a cab driver, to take us the … Continue reading The Balkan Boogie: Somewhere, Macedonia
I was a fool. I was rooting for Trump to win the primary—he had no chance in the general—and his Republican ticket would look bad for the party and get the next Democrat elected to office. “Be careful,” Dad warned, “I thought the same thing about Reagan and he got elected twice.” No, Dad, this … Continue reading Staying Positive After the Trump Election
Sorry for the click-bait title, but I'm not a cultural anthropologist. Not surprisingly, I grew fond of Germany over my two years living there. I even got used to things I sometimes found annoying (and I am speaking generally here), like the Germans’ adherence to minor rules, their formality, their being so uptight so much … Continue reading Is German Culture Changing?