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1. Reijonen points out the idea that marriage is not always wedded bliss and that the first year of marriage is not always a honeymoon. What were your newly-wed years like? How has your relationship evolved?
2. Reijonen and her husband leave everything behind to travel. Would you ever consider quitting your job and selling everything to travel the world? Why or why not?
3. During her travels, Reijonen visits more than 20 countries in seven months. If you could choose three places to travel, where would you go?
4. Memoir-writing often involves the difficult task of confronting and making sense of things most of us would rather forget. How do you feel Reijonen deals with these issues? How would your own memoir handle your life’s mistakes and unpleasant experiences?
5. Many readers are surprised to see how raw and open Reijonen is with intimate life details. What did you think of her willingness to share? Do you think it is important to share heartaches? Why or why not?
6. In the chapter entitled “Playing Soccer With Lost Boys” Reijonen discusses her shifting view on voluntourism. What do you think? Should one cut a check and let the locals do the work or should volunteers take the time, money and effort to travel and lend a helping hand? What are the pros and cons of both scenarios?
7. Reijonen is a much different character once she makes it through the dreaded Year One of marriage. How does she evolve as a wife and a woman of the world?
8. Traveling is as much about the emotional and spiritual journey as it is about actually stepping foot on that airliner and taking off for a foreign land. What is one of your most spiritual journeys? Where were you and what made it so memorable?
9. Besides the introspection, Reijonen also likes to laugh. Comedy and country music play an important role in her life. What are the little things in life that make you smile?
10. The title Country Girl involves both the travel aspect to different countries and Reijonen’s rural upbringing. She believes a Country Girl has a wandering heart and compassion for those who are hurting. What characteristics do you think make up a Country Girl?