Category: Stories

Family Hitchhiking in Malaysia: A True Story

Family Hitchhiking in Malaysia: A True Story

It’s February 2018. The depths of winter; the coldest month of the year. In Russia, we’d have been bundling up in layer after layer to stay warm. In Utah, we’d have been scraping ice off the Volvo windshield before we could go anywhere. In the […]

Love Your Muslim Neighbor

Love Your Muslim Neighbor

Back in early 2015, I (Jenia here) wrote an article for Venn Magazine called “On Loving Your Neighbors.” It’s late June 2018 and the Supreme Court has just upheld what’s being oft referred to as “Trump’s Muslim ban.” It feels like a high time for […]

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

Imagine yourself, a qualified professional teacher who is accustomed to a certain level of, what, decorum? in the classroom. Now, imagine that you arrive at your new job, and you find that all of your expectations are…going out the window. Along with the students. But […]

Vietnam E-Visa and Train Travel

Vietnam E-Visa and Train Travel

E-Visa to Vietnam There has been a lot of talk about Vietnam’s new e-visa recently. Since February 2017, nationals of 46 different countries are able to apply for a single-entry 30-day visa online, print out a visa, and enter Vietnam. Provided that the government website […]