From the Newaukum River to the Charles

Given the cultural differences between Onalaska, WA and Cambridge, MA, three thousand miles may as well be thirty thousand.

Maybe someday Harvard-bound Brooklyn Sandrindge will make a film about her Onalaska to Cambridge journey. I cycled all around Onalaska, WA last Saturday. There may be more cows in Lewis County than people. It’s as small, rural, and politically conservative as it gets.

I spent the summer between my sophomore and junior college years doing internships in Boston, often taking the “T” to Cambridge on Friday nights to listen to street music, eat pizza by the slice, and browse used book stores.

Cambridge is a wee bit bigger, more urban, and progressive than Onalaska. Sandrindge’s transition will not be easy, but I’m guessing she’ll rise to the occasion.