Living in the US takes some getting used to—people talk funny, drive on the wrong side of the road, and the light switches are upside down. But I’m willing to overlook those minor drawbacks because the mountains are stunning, desert camping is a blast, the Flatirons are at my doorstep, and last but not least, interning at Climbing is the chance of a lifetime. After slogging away as an environmental scientist for a number of years, I decided it was time for a change. I returned to university to study writing and editing, and shortly after that set out to intern at a magazine. Unfortunately for me, this search included some pretty limiting criteria: The magazine must be about climbing, and it must be located somewhere fun. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Climbing was the perfect fit. After a couple months of climbing, living, and working in “the Bubble,” I’ve learned a thing or two.