Adventure Awaits

How is it possible that leaving the place I live makes me feel more at home? The movement of travel stirs up a mixture of emotions – excitement, anticipation, wonder…and a pinch of anxiety. This cocktail is best sipped when a ticket has been purchased and the promise of adventure awaits. Somehow, even with all…

Annette’s

You don’t fully appreciate summer until you live in a city like Chicago. Everyone talks about how bitterly cold the winters are here, and don’t get me wrong, they’re not for the faint of heart. But I think it’s the length that makes them so brutal. So when summer in Chicago finally does arrive, it’s…

A Week in Delhi

My breath caught in small bursts, my chest tightened, blood rushed to my head and I could feel my eyes stinging with tears. “What is happening?,” I thought. “Why is this my reaction to something that’s supposed to be an exciting adventure?” My friend Tessy lives in India, and last fall I’d decided I was…

8 Tips for the Independent Traveler

I listened enthusiastically as she shared the details of her travels. With a free weekend and a ticket to the destination of her choosing, this friend decided not to let the absence of a companion hold her back. Her eyes lit up as she told me about the adventure of her first solo trip. As…

Floundering in Florence

The minute I stepped out of the train station I knew something wasn’t right. Let’s be honest, I knew before that, I was just seriously hoping my intuition was wrong. I turned my head to the right. The street was dark and quiet, with the exception of a couple softly glowing windows. They looked warm…

Prost! {Chicago}

Eating out with friends is one of my favorite past times. Seriously, if it was a sport I’d be MVP. I also feel like there’s just something about sharing a laugh and a meal that brings people together. One of my dear friends once said that the table is where friendships are born. I love…

Summer in the City {and Beyond}

The months before my senior year in college I remember thinking, That’s it. Farewell carefree summer days. Turns out I was wrong. Despite the fact that the duties of adulthood still call {read: work, and her bestie: bills}, I managed to have a pretty stellar summer.

Spain: Road Trip!

My heart was racing. This was a crazy idea. Crazy. With a shaking hand I signed the last piece of paperwork and the clerk handed me the keys. It was official. I’d rented a car and was about to drive…in Spain. How did I get here?

Germany pt. 2: Prost!

German food was overwhelmingly…just what I expected: bratwurst, beer, pretzels and schnitzel. But no complaints here, because it was all delicious. While we didn’t have time for a second Foodie Tour, we did have an extensive sampling of German cuisine while on our guided tour. Rather than reliving every bite {trust me, there were far…

Germany pt. 1: What a View

I awoke with a start. How had I fallen asleep, again?! I wanted so desperately to take in every second of the stunning snow-capped mountains jutting up to meet the clear blue sky, the wooden homes cloaked in their sprawling shadow, the occasional huddle of buildings that made up a quaint village town. But my eyes…