Next Stop: Getting Fat in Mexico City

Next Stop: Getting Fat in Mexico City

2015 will go out with a tasty bang for me. In December I’ll spend a long weekend eating my way around Mexico City. I know that I can’t possibly experience…




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Dragging My Best Friend to Panama

Dragging My Best Friend to Panama

After years of tireless begging I’ve finally convinced Daniel to travel with me. Our running joke is that he always has an excuse to avoid joining my trips, but thanks…




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Do I Really Need to Travel?

Do I Really Need to Travel?

I laid in the park this weekend watching people bustle through one of Chicago’s busiest neighborhoods. I was in a beautiful community surrounded by interesting people – the same kind…




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Puerto Rico: The Time We Escaped a Flash Flood

Puerto Rico: The Time We Escaped a Flash Flood

I met Becca in the 3rd grade. She bullied me for a period of time after I took her spot as Class New Girl, and 15 years later we looked…




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I Finally Went to Monteverde

I Finally Went to Monteverde

I Finally Went to Monteverde     I spent 3 nights in Monteverde after avoiding it for 5 years. I’ve always favored Costa Rica’s Central Highlands. Places like San Ramon and Bajos…




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Giving Monteverde a Chance

Giving Monteverde a Chance

I’ve been to Costa Rica 4 times and have yet to visit one of its most famous spots, the Monteverde cloud forest.  Given that there a perfectly good (and less-traveled)…




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My First Solo Trip: The Beginning of My Affair

Solo Travel: Pros and Cons In August 2010 I took my first solo trip to volunteer in Costa Rica. I never consider bringing a friend. I attached myself to a…




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