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The Pandemic One Year Later: A Letter to My Past Self

Dear March 2020 Court, First off, let me start by saying congrats on the move back home to Chicago and for making it through your first month at a new job! You handled a lot of life changes at once, and even though you were stressed at times, you made it. Now, I don’t mean... Read more »

Welcome to The Rock: Icebergs, Cliffs, & Getting 'Screeched In' in Newfoundland

Welcome to The Rock: Icebergs, Cliffs, & Getting 'Screeched In' in Newfoundland
If you’ve taken a long Air Canada flight in the past year, you’re sure to have seen ads to visit Newfoundland & Labrador before your movie/show starts. And if you’re like me, man did those ads work.  Shots of rowboats bobbing on the water, puffins flapping their wings, green cliffs towering over ocean water, and Irish... Read more »

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 4: German Guardian Angels & Hitchhiking in Jasper National Park

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 4: German Guardian Angels & Hitchhiking in Jasper National Park
Miss our shenanigans in Banff, on the Icefields Parkway, or narrowly missing a grizzly bear in Jasper? Check out the posts at the links! After invoking the spirit of Tenzig Norgay during an uphill climb through a snowstorm, and finally reaching the Watchtower campsite in Jasper National Park, El and I ate dinner with Jenny, a fellow... Read more »
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Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 1: Boots & Beauty in Banff

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 1: Boots & Beauty in Banff
Not gonna lie; it’s been a stressful past few months.  Work was been super busy, we found out that our landlord was selling the house we were renting to his daughter so we had to move, and I was in Chicago for two weeks helping my mom recover from surgery to remove what we know now... Read more »

O, Canada!: Updates on life north of the border

We’ve just passed the four month mark for our time in Canada, and I can’t believe it’s already been that long.  FOUR MONTHS!  1.21 GIGAWATTS!  Seriously, where did the time go?  With the holidays and what not, it’s been a minute since I gave an update on life up north.  There isn’t a ton to report:... Read more »

Part 3 of the Ultimate WWII History Road Trip: Bastogne and the Band of Brothers

Part 3 of the Ultimate WWII History Road Trip: Bastogne and the Band of Brothers
Miss learning how to plan a WWII history road trip, spending D-Day in Normandy, or champagne wishes in Epernay and how the Maginot Line fell? Click the links to catch up to speed! Day 6: Lorraine American Military Cemetery, Bastogne, and the Bois de Jacques The hotel closes to Lorraine was located in an industrial area with no... Read more »
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Part 1 of The Ultimate WWII History Road Trip: Normandy

Part 1 of The Ultimate WWII History Road Trip: Normandy
Don’t forget to check out the introduction and planning process detailed in my last blog post! Our trip began with a Home Alone style panicked run through St. Pancras train station to make our Chunnel Eurostar train.  We didn’t realize that boarding supposedly closed 30 minutes before departure, and we were initially stuck in a... Read more »

Take a Trip Through History with the Ultimate WWII European Road Trip

Elliot and I are history nerds, and like millions of people around the world, we are especially drawn to WWII history.  I’ve read countless books about the heroics, atrocities, psychology, and politics of the war, and the two of us have seen Band of Brothers and The Pacific more times than we can count.  Maybe... Read more »

London Updates: Camden Market, Columbia Road, and Freak(shake)'ing Out

We learned pretty quickly that summer in London is not quite like summer in Chicago.  Sure, there are still a million fun things to do because the weather is nice…r, but we’re not exactly getting any tan lines on this side of the pond.  With the exception of a few perfect “high 70’s and sunny... Read more »
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Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’m a huge history nerd, particularly ancient history.  I graduated from the University of Iowa with an Ancient Civilizations degree which doesn’t do me a huge ton of service in terms of a career but makes me a first round draft pick when it comes to bar trivia.  I spent... Read more »