European Christmas Markets Overview

Inadvertently, Sean and I have made it a pattern to visit Christmas markets in Europe for our first major vacation at a new post. In 2015 when we left Dushanbe for the first time, we went to Germany and Brussels to get a good helping of Christmas spirit. Last year, we did the same with […]

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10 Flights

Recently, as you may know, I’ve been in several places seemingly all at once. We had our impromptu trip to Santorini a few weeks ago, and last weekend I went to Kansas City for one of my very best friend’s wedding. Adding all that travel up, I’ve taken 10 flights in 12 days. I’ve traveled […]

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Santorini

Santorini was always one of those fantastical far-away places I definitely wanted to visit but didn’t know when we would actually make it over there. I learned about Greece and Santorini at a fairly young age when I read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book series. You know, like every other young teenager in […]

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American Encounters

One aspect of living overseas I’ve always found fascinating is encountering American tourists. In Tbilisi, we get some, but not many, so my fascination with them is always heightened when we travel to more touristy locations such as Santorini. On our quick trip this past weekend, we were faced with Americans of all ages, from […]

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reWoven: Caucasian Carpets Remade

About an hour south of Tbilisi lies the unassuming village of Marneuli. At first glance, it looks like any subsistence agricultural town. Herds of farm animals roaming the pastures, quaint houses made of stone and brick, and residents living in extreme poverty. Most of the income in this area comes from outside sources such as […]

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Jet Lag, Revisited

I’ve been back in Tbilisi for a little over a week now. I’d like to say I’ve managed to avoid jet lag coming back here, but that’s not an entirely true statement. While I’m not currently experiencing anything like the “riptide,” I wrote about four years ago, I do still feel it pulling at me […]

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Don’t Call Me Lucky

I think it’s pretty normal to look at the life Sean and I have and feel some type of way. Some think we are crazy. Some want to know all the details. And some, don’t care at all, they just see us as we are. I don’t have a problem with any of the above. […]

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Chicago

I often consider Chicago my second hometown. I’ve never lived there personally, but both my parents are from the South Side (yes, really) and much of my extended family lived in the area when I was a child. The first time I remember visiting downtown, I asked my dad how big the city was. His […]

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The House on the Rock

After a few very crazy weeks – bacheloretting around Chicago, two wedding weekends, a Hamilton history lesson, and just soaking up as much Wisconsin as possible – I’m returning to my regularly scheduled blogging. Or at least I hope so. I’m currently still in Wisconsin – I have one more event to attend this weekend […]

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My First Packer Game

Although I spent 23 years living in Wisconsin, yesterday was my first-ever Green Bay Packer football game. I know some people have been wondering why it took so long for me to partake in one of our state’s great traditions. I have several reasons. For one, my parents are from Chicago, and though my dad […]

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