In an effort to extend Chicago summer

I returned to Chicago yesterday after 5 wonderful days in Mexico. It wasn’t all vacation, the reason for my travel was to attend the TBEX North America conference though, I admit, I clocked more than a few hours by the pool and at the beach. And, wouldn’t you know it, summer seems to have vanished from Chicago while I was away! This tends to happen in this city, … Continue reading In an effort to extend Chicago summer

Dog Friendly Adventures around Chicago

Did you know that today, August 26, is National Dog Day? As a proud dog parent to my seven-year-old rescue mutt, Essie, I’m always looking for fun things for us to do together. We’re quite the team and life is just more fun (and eventful!) when she’s around. I find having a dog in the city is a great way to meet people, get outside and … Continue reading Dog Friendly Adventures around Chicago

Escaping the Polar Vortex

When I signed up to go to Grand Cayman with Underwater Safaris back in mid-November I thought that a couple of days away from winter in February would be nice. What I didn’t know is that it would be a full on escape from one of Chicago’s worst winters in recent (and, some might add, not so recent) history. When I left Chicago on Monday … Continue reading Escaping the Polar Vortex

Taking a break from it all

It takes a lot of courage to leave the security of a regular job that isn’t making you happy, but Julie did just that. Her decision to take a few months off from work was met with disbelief but that didn’t stop her from making this big move. Now, at the end of her “break,” Julie reflects on the past couple of months and what … Continue reading Taking a break from it all

#tbt Paris: 4 single girls visit the city of love over Valentine’s Day

Copied from journal entires and emails sent after my first trip to Paris in February, 2003. I was 20 and studying in Rome for the semester. Bonjour! I have just returned from a wonderful French weekend!  Four of us single girls decided at the beginning of the semester that we would escape to Paris for Valentine’s Day, hoping to find love in the city of … Continue reading #tbt Paris: 4 single girls visit the city of love over Valentine’s Day

#tbt Hell’s Gate National Park, Kenya

I’ve made numerous trips into the Rift Valley during my many months in Kenya but almost all of them are with VICDA, an NGO I’ve worked with since 2006. In October of 2009 my friend, Tami, and I worked in a day trip to Hell’s Gate National Park. Below are some of my notes and images. After spending the night at Naivasha Silver Hotel, Tami … Continue reading #tbt Hell’s Gate National Park, Kenya