Besides working at the paper, I've finally started to explore the area that I live in. I took a trip to New Jersey, camping near the shore, and recently hiked part of the Appalachian Trail. When I started this internship, I was certain that I wanted to leave as soon as my internship concluded. But now that I'm here, I'm looking for every reason to stay.
When I accepted this internship, everyone told me that Reading, Pennsylvania, was a dangerous place to live. On Forbes' crime scale, rating cities on a scale of 1-100, 100 being the safest, Reading is comin' in hot at 13. I thought I'd be working in a dingy downtown area, and I thought I'd be shutting myself up in my apartment trying to beat the heat.
Working at the paper has given me the opportunity to explore this community and its surrounding areas. I'm used to cookie-cutter home suburbia, but here in Eastern PA, I've grown attached to the rolling hills and older communities. This place is so much more than just a crime rating. It has so much hidden character, reminding me so much of Athens, Ohio, where I go to school.
Today I got to attend Mountain Folk Festival, a tiny music festival held at Evergreen Country Club, which is really just an old clubhouse in the country. Bare-footed musicians played their banjos and violins all day to a small crowd who was there to appreciate them. It was great! I photographed a group of Vietnam veterans who meet monthly to remember the sacrifices they made and to ride their motorcycles for leisure. You'll get to see those photos later after they've run in the paper.
Here's some photos I've taken recently for my internship: