Just to make sure you’re at the right place, I am Rio Lam. Please proceed even if I’m not whom you are finding.
- Being born in the early 90s, considering myself belonging to the 9x generation.
- Growing up in the Vietnam Central’s coastal city.
- Studying abroad in the States for 6 years.
- Writing in Vietnamese and English.
I inherit the literature and arts’ tradition from my mother’s family and everything else from my father, especially the wanderlust. My father used to go on ample business trips back when he was working for a hydroelectric plant building company, thus most of the road trips’ destinations were in the mountainous areas. He usually took me with him. The summer of my fourth grade was my first month long road trip when we traveled around the Northern of Vietnam. I stayed still in the car for hours, listened to adults talking about politics and current issues while watching the local scenes sliding backwards through the window. Those days, now I recall, taught me a lot about what a child at my age in my country doesn’t usually know.
And I carry on that travel spirit as well as the everlasting thirst for new horizons. In 2013, together with my two best friends, we made another road trip around the U.S. Being broken but enthusiastic (and naive?), we drove more than 11,000 miles, passing major cities and national parks, deserts and mountains, oceans and valleys. There are more road trips before and after that, but it is the greatest I have ever went on. Little did we know on the departing day, but that adventure turned out to be one of the critical turning points for both my best friend Zi and I.
In a nutshell, ever since the dream of being an astronaut, I have been always a writer and a traveler at heart, who yearns for new places and interesting conversations. Everything good about my writings is because of those moments I saw and heard something worth to tell.