Posts in category "Travel"

American Girl Down Under: Stories from Australia Part 3

American Girl Down Under:  Stories from Australia Part 3
Miss parts 1 and 2?  Have no fear, just click here and here! Chapter 7:  The Peak of Success The next morning, I again went to the gym and had a quick breakfast before walking over to the Cultural Center (by the Queensland Museum) to catch a bus to Mt. Coot-tha for a hike.  I... Read more »

American Girl Down Under: Stories from Australia Part 2

American Girl Down Under:  Stories from Australia Part 2
Did you miss Part 1 of this blog series?  Check it out here! Chapter 3:  Exploring Brisbane I woke up once at 3am, but I forced myself to go back to sleep to get on an Australian sleep cycle.  We woke up at 8:30 for a 10:00 Easter mass at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the... Read more »

American Girl Down Under: Stories from Australia Part 1

To those of you who clicked on this blog’s link in search of a Crocodile Dundee themed porn, my apologies for misleading you.  The only boomerangs in this post are ones that are painted by aboriginals.  But now that you’re here, why don’t you stay awhile?  You’re clearly interested in the Land Down Under, so... Read more »
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Where to Find the Most Rip Snorter Craft Beer in Australia

Where to Find the Most Rip Snorter Craft Beer in Australia
If you’ve been following my excellent adventures on social media, you already know that I’m a big fan of craft beer.  I’m partial to IPA’s but enjoy trying new emerging styles of the oat soda.  I’m spoiled to live in a city that is peppered with microbreweries, has multiple craft beer festivals throughout the year... Read more »

I Tried Bullfighting in Spain and All I Got Was This Giant Butt Bruise

I Tried Bullfighting in Spain and All I Got Was This Giant Butt Bruise
(Originally published November 2012.  Resurrecting a favorite post for the “This Blogger’s Life theme:  Write about an act of courage you…participated in.”) There are moments in life when you learn what kind of person you are.  Are you the kind of person who believes in miracles, believes in signs?  Okay, maybe I won’t be swinging away... Read more »

TenISee Roadtrippin': Nashville or Bust

TenISee Roadtrippin':  Nashville or Bust
I was a huge fan of country music back in the 90′s.  I’m talking member of the Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Alison Kraus fan clubs type of huge fan.  I had a cousin who looked like a Dixie Chick and parents who indulged our love of 90′s now-extinct country artists.  We went to Garth Brooks... Read more »
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The Great Chicago Fire(ball): A Bar Crawl with a Shot of History

If you spend more than two minutes with me, you learn pretty quickly that I’m a huge dork.  I’m not hating on my fellow nerds of the world (except the ones that only exist thanks to a laugh track), because I wear my dork-dom as a badge of honor.  I know what I love and... Read more »

A Different Kind of Windy City Bucket List

Gotta be honest with you, I hate the phrase “bucket list”.  There’s just this sense of finality to it that negates an admirable attempt to genuinely enjoy your surroundings.  That, and it conjures up images of Jack Nicholson’s eyebrows.  ::Shudder::  So why include a phrase I dislike in my headline?  Well, “Checklist” sounded a little... Read more »

I Wore a $40 Flea Market Hat to the Kentucky Derby

The hubs and I are big fans of travel experiences; if it’s considered a tradition or written about as “must visits” on those MSN slideshows, then chances are good we’ve probably checked it out.  For those of you new to the blog-o, El and I lived outside of Sevilla, Spain for two years (2011-2013) while... Read more »
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Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It's Back to Chi I Go: The Return of the Prodigal Daughter

Okay, so it’s more like “back to the Chicagoland area I go”, but that doesn’t sound nearly as catchy in a blog post.  Or in a Disney song.  But it’s hard to put this feeling into words. After an epic (I know that word’s overused and I’m 29 and not a teenager, but there’s no better... Read more »