David Černý sculptures in Prague: Czech artist’s public artwork infuses the city with personality

My husband and I recently returned from a stay in Prague. After extending our layover in Munich, we arrived in our final destination as the sun went down. By the time we first ventured out into Prague, evening had fallen upon the bohemian city. Have you ever arrived in a city after dark? If so,... Read more »

Making the most of a layover in Munich, Germany

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to join my husband in Europe. He was finishing up a week of business travel – and I was anxious to see him, spend time with him, and explore a new destination with him. After looking at potential travel options for us, we decided on Prague – a city... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - September 19, 20 and 21

It’s definitely starting to feel like fall in Chicago. To celebrate the change of seasons, you can choose from Oktoberfests, apple festivals, harvest festivals and more, making fall one of my favorite times of the year. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago - September 12, 13 and 14

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, September 12, Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14 1. World Music Festival Chicago Various locations across Chicago Thursday, September 11 – Sunday, September 21 Free admission The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago... Read more »

Japanese culture of kawaii: Even the signs are “cute” in Tokyo

This sidewalk sign helps show where the water supply is for use by emergency crews during the event of a fire - in a fun, light-hearted way.
Before my family ventured to Tokyo this past spring, I read up on kawaii – a word used to describe the quality of “cuteness” in almost all aspects of Japanese culture. As noted in a Associated Press story, Nobuyani Kurita, a sociology professor at Musashi Unversity in Tokyo, has said that the word “cute” is a “magic term” that encompasses everything that’s... Read more »

Crêpes aren't just French: Japanese-style crêpes delight fans in Japan and the US

I used to only associate crêpes with France – until I went to Tokyo. While in Paris, my family sampled many, many French crêpes, most often made to order with decidedly French ingredients like Nutella, lemon and sugar, and even ratatouille. No matter if we ate them from a street-side cart or a quaint Bretagne-style restaurant, the crêpes felt... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago - September 5, 6 and 7

It’s hard to believe this is the first weekend of September. But, it is – and, despite kids being back to school, it’s technically still summer. So, that means there’s still plenty of fun, family-friendly outdoor events to enjoy with your family in Chicago. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five... Read more »

Street art from around the world: Paris, New York City, Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago

Here it is. The image that kick started my street art obsession. It's a work done by Fred le Chevalier. It greeted me every day as my family returned to our apartment in the Marais. It captivated me - and caused me to seek out more street art in Paris.
Like so many great love stories, I fell in love with street art – in Paris. My love affair with the increasingly popular and hip art form began in the Parisian neighborhood of the Marais to be exact. Just over two years ago. Walking through many of the 20 arrondisements that make up the snail-shaped... Read more »

Going home again: A family road trip to my husband's childhood home

My family has moved around a lot over the last nine years. But, we’ve never lived more than 30 miles away from the house where I grew up and my parents still live in a suburb of Chicago. My sons have slept in the bedroom I shared with my twin sister. My sons have played... Read more »

Buying milk in a bag in Israel – and remembering when I first realized the beauty of travel

“Mom, in Israel, people drink chocolate milk out of a bag!” That one statement, excitedly yelled by my younger son as he got off the camp bus just a few weeks ago, triggered a memory I had long forgotten. And, instantly, I was mentally transported back to when I was a student participating in a... Read more »