I’ve been to Alabama twice. It’s funny because people outside of Alabama are like… why? It’s a humid and strangely beautiful place. But I also feel like an outside the second I step foot there. I don’t feel very safe there.

But I guess another strange story is why I went to Alabama the second time. I wrote a paper about Leo Tolstoy and was invited to present about it at a conference. Which leads to so many other questions. Like… why?

I double majored in Russian and even though it is my fifth year as a public school teacher, I can’t shake it off. It’s something I’ll always love reflecting and sharing about. This particular conference was in Mobile.

I don’t think Mobile has a “must-try” cuisine but I certainly consumed a large amount of fried food while there.

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