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Back to school: French

Back to school: French

In my early teens, I lived in a French-speaking country and was on my way to becoming fluent in the language. Then I went back home and the learning stopped. It is now time to take care of the unfinished business – all thanks to travel.

December 15, 2013 | 41 Comments More
No Ordinary Park Bench: Virgin Atlantic’s street campaign in NYC

No Ordinary Park Bench: Virgin Atlantic’s street campaign in NYC

How can an airline advertise their in-flight services and make it memorable? Virgin Atlantic took to the streets of New York City. Here’s what they did.

October 31, 2013 | 12 Comments More

City Highlights

Coffee and desserts in Ljubljana

Coffee and desserts in Ljubljana

Where to find some of the best coffee, pastries and chocolate in Slovenia’s capital, as recommended by locals

August 9, 2014 | 20 Comments More
Casual eats in Krakow

Casual eats in Krakow

Krakow-native Angelika Janosz lists her favorite spots around town where you can “sit, drink, eat, and spend a few hours talking.” Here’s where to go for casual eats in Krakow’s Old Town and Kazimierz. neighborhood.

January 31, 2014 | 53 Comments More

On the Road

Volunteering in Ecuador: Recap

Volunteering in Ecuador: Recap

A look back at volunteering in Ecuador with Chicago’s Greenheart Travel

August 29, 2014 | 9 Comments More
Tasting Slovenian cuisine with Slocally

Tasting Slovenian cuisine with Slocally

An unexpected invitation from a traveler-turned-tour operator led to a fun dinner party in Ljubljana and a great welcome back to Slovenia.

July 30, 2014 | 16 Comments More

Hangouts

Hangout: Public Craft Brewing Co. in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Hangout: Public Craft Brewing Co. in Kenosha, Wisconsin

A look inside the small craft brewery downtown Kenosha, which started as a home-based operation

July 17, 2013 | 14 Comments More
Palmer House lobby Chicago: A classic (and classy) hangout

Palmer House lobby Chicago: A classic (and classy) hangout

The historic Palmer House lobby downtown Chicago is my go-to place for afternoon tea and cocktails served in an elegant setting.

February 18, 2013 | 42 Comments More

Good Reads

Book Pick: The Same Sky

Book Pick: The Same Sky

The Same Sky is a travel memoir recounting a young expat’s journey through Southeast Asia in search of inner peace after a painful breakup.

March 5, 2014 | 30 Comments More
Book pick: Sihpromatum – I Grew my Boobs in China

Book pick: Sihpromatum – I Grew my Boobs in China

Sihpromatum is a young woman’s memoir of backpacking with her family through China and Mongolia. Initially an unwanted disruption of her comfortable life, the journey transforms the author into an explorer with a new perspective on the world.

May 8, 2013 | 22 Comments More

Interviews

Interview with writer Debbie Yee Lan Wong

Interview with writer Debbie Yee Lan Wong

Vancouver-native, New York City-based writer Debbie Yee Lan Wong talks about her travel memoir “The Same Sky – A Traveler’s Quest for Redemption and Peace.”

March 16, 2014 | 16 Comments More
Interview with actor and theater director Michael Patrick Thornton

Interview with actor and theater director Michael Patrick Thornton

Chicago-native Michael Patrick Thornton discusses the Gift Theater – a storefront theater company he co-founded in the neighborhood where he grew up.

December 26, 2013 | 30 Comments More