Book Review: The Boys in the Boat

My cousin did crew in college after competing in gymnastics for years. I always knew she was tough and that her chosen sports were no joke, but reading The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown confirmed to me that not only is rowing one of the most sophisticated athletic contests, but also one…

Book Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris, a New Zealand author, wrote a fictional account of the concentration camp experience of two Slovakian Jews during World War II. The story was first written as a screenplay and later adapted into the novel format I read. In 1942 Lale Sokolov, the protagonist, arrives at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. When SS…

Netherlands

Our stay in the Netherlands was quite lovely. Going into this leg of the trip I had no expectations (except to see tulips & windmills). The country was full of hospitable locals, beautiful sights in the cities (we got to tour the Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam), delightful drives through the countryside, flavorful food, and historical…