• Nam D.

My summer trip to Kentucky

Updated: Mar 15, 2019

Have you ever heard of Kentucky? And it’s not about KFC haha


Kentucky is located on the border between the Midwest and South of the United States.

My aunt’s family lives in a small city, called Princeton, in Kentucky and it takes 2 hours of driving to go there from Nashville airport. This is such a small city, well I would call it’s a town, that has the population of 5,000 people. And it only takes 5-minute of driving to go around the whole town.


Driving to Princeton from Nashville, international students in us blog
Driving to Princeton from Nashville

My uncle picked me up when I first arrived at the airport. During the 2-hour trip back to the town, the landscape captured my breathe the whole time, even though it was like 90F outside. During my stay here, mostly I was just having around with my cousin, went to other cities close by and playing Pokemon Go.


Downtown of Princeton, Kentucky, international students in us blog
Downtown of Princeton, Kentucky

What is really unique about this place? They have one Walmart, one primary school, middle school, and high school. And they even have downtown, where I went here to watch Jurassic World II and the screen turned off in the middle of the movie.


The old cinema in downtown Princeton, Kentucky, international students in us blog, alien thoughts
The old cinema in downtown Princeton, Kentucky

My cousin also drove me around to Paducah, Clarksville, Eddyville and LBL (Lab Between the Lakes – A national recreation area). Paducah is a small city that takes like an hour driving from Princeton and has more fun things to do. We went there for a nice late afternoon chilling with Ice Cream and sitting by the river. Paducah is a fun city for people who want to take a break from a small town like Princeton.


Curls Ice Cream in Paducah, Kentucky, international students in us blog, alien thoughts
Curls Ice Cream in Paducah, Kentucky

What I miss about Kentucky is not the town because it’s boring as hell and there is nothing much to do, and you need a car to live in the South. However, what I miss is how nice the people at the town are. I often went to my aunt’s salon and just chatted with her customers. I realized how nice they were and everybody literally knew each other. I got invented to one of my cousin’s friend’s home to sit in the front yard at night, watching them shot hand-made firework and eating home-made Ice Cream.


My aunt in her nail salon and her customer, international students in us blog, alien thoughts
My aunt in her nail salon and her customer

Kentucky may not be fun to live in but for a summer trip, it’s totally worth it. As an international student, living far away from home, it gets lonely. Sometimes what you need is just 2 hours of driving around and jamming music, eating Taco John’s, sitting by the river and having fun with people who are important to your life.


Downtown of Paducah, Kentucky, international students in us blog, alien thoughts
Downtown of Paducah, Kentucky

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