8 things I miss about Chicago

Two months ago I packed up all of my belongings into my Honda civic and drove over two thousand miles from Chicago to California. I still can’t believe everything I own was able to fit into my car and that I made the two and a half day journey across the country by myself. To […]

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LACMA after hours

The perks of living in Orange County is that I am conveniently located an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego. Of course some of these times can change based on traffic but I feel like I can enjoy both cities without having to go too far. A few weeks […]

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Snorkeling at La Jolla Cove

Even though I lived in Southern California for the majority of my childhood, now that I have returned (after seven years in Chicago) I am finding so many new things to do. The most recent has been snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, and not only snorkeling with fins and a mask but also with seals […]

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Dear Chicago

Dear Chicago, Thank you for seven memorable years. I know we had our ups and downs, especially when it came to finding parking, but I will never forget how much I grew up living in the windy city. Now, I have to say good bye. The first time I visited the city I was almost […]

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Nutella Cafe

Nutella, a recent food trend in the US unless you are from Europe and have grown up eating it, know this delicious hazelnut spread. For a part of my childhood my family lived in New Hampshire where we were lucky to have a variety of European imported goods in some stores. Otherwise we would have […]

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A little history on the Derby

During the first weekend in May my friends and I headed to the race tracks to watch the Derby. While I was sipping on my second mint julep and admiring the colorful hats I began to wonder about the history of the Derby. After coming home from the horse races I looked more into how […]

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Exploring Michigan’s Lakeshore

During the fall colors in October, R and I drove up to Traverse City, Michigan. Now, a few months later we headed back to Michigan for a weekend getaway at a friend’s lake house. The trees and flowers were beginning to beautifully bloom, so we made sure to pack extra allergy medicine. This trip we […]

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First vegan brunch & the beach

The longest place I’ve ever lived in is sunny California. For eight years I soaked up the Orange County sun until I moved to Chicago to attend university and where I now work. Although this last minute trip to California was for a memorial service my great aunt, I am thankful I had the chance […]

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Rainy day in the city

A few weeks ago I wanted to spend the afternoon in the Streeterville and Gold Coast neighborhoods of Chicago. I had been hoping for a sunny day but was greeted with rain clouds and bursts of cold wind instead. We didn’t want to cancel our plans so R and I strolled around the puddle filled […]

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6 ways to relax in Breckenridge

I celebrated my twenty fifth birthday in Breckenridge, Colorado. We had the perfect skiing conditions, with only one day being extremely cold and snowy but resulting in fresh powder the next day. This trip was a much needed break from life and the stress of studying for my exam and working full time. Not only […]

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