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Staff Stories

Hear from the staff members as they journey from Alabama to Costa Rica and back again. 

February 28, 2018

If you’re hoping to completely delve into a country’s culture, there’s no avoiding the artistry behind its cuisine. Whether you’re brave enough to sample one of Mexico’s tequila worms or a half-dozen Southeast Asian frog legs, it’s safe to assume just about every count...

February 28, 2018

I am not a journalism major, I’m an art major. The only connection I have had to media thus far is working for the Crimson White and Tuscaloosa News. Both of those publications are newspapers. Before I started VIDA, I wouldn’t have really thought that the production of...

February 20, 2018

I know how to avoid bugs in the temperate forests of Chilton County, Alabama. I learned the technique while taking hikes through the forest as a kid. All you have to do is walk through a sweet-smelling, sticky mist of Off bug spray and then watch out for snakes.

But avo...

February 9, 2018

No matter how many vacations I have planned or road trips I’ve spearheaded, whenever a new adventure comes along, I am faced with the fact that I have anxiety.

The thought of planning a week’s worth of activities is enough to make my heart race even today, four weeks fr...

February 3, 2018

Reality hit when I realized our trip to Costa Rica is only a month and a week away. Reality also hit when I had to loosen my belt one more loop to accommodate the excess and gluttony I had consumed even since the end of the holidays. The thought of my beach bod surfing...

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