Archive for July 2015

Park No. 517: The Best Park in Chicago You've Never Heard Of

One of my favorite things about summer in Chicago is all the green space around to enjoy. There’s the huge parks downtown the beaches along the lake and bike trails for miles. But there’s also smaller, off the beaten path places that really make the city park system special. For me, the best park in... Read more »

A Man Walks Into a Hudson News...

Do you ever have a moment where you are witnessing something and thought, “Man, I wish I had the social media morals of someone 10 years younger than me so I could wip out my phone and record strangers being ridiculous?” Well here is just such a tale. A tale of tempers and tight pants... Read more »

10 Things I Wish I Had Known About Peru

10 Things I Wish I Had Known About Peru
Every time I travel somewhere new, there’s always things I wish I would have known. Travel guides are good and all, but there’s so much you just don’t know until you know it, you know what I mean? Here’s 10 things I wish I would have known about Peru before my trip there last month:... Read more »
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Why yes, I do speak Billy Idol

Why yes, I do speak Billy Idol
“What kind of music you like?” Señor Julio asked me as we weaved in and out of Lima traffic on our way to the airport. Senor Julio had been my driver for my time in Peru, taking me to the airport a few times and saving me from trying to navigate a taxi system that is notorious... Read more »

20 Reasons to Go To Machu Picchu

I totally get it now.  Sometimes when something is super popular, my initial instinct is to reject it as too mainstream, too commercial, etc. I guess I still have that teenage inclination to find something no one else has heard of yet. But the minute I stepped into Machu Picchu, I get why it’s a... Read more »

What does Independence Day even mean?

What does Independence Day even mean?
There have been times in my life when I wished I wasn’t American. When I was younger and living abroad, I would easily get embarrassed by being associated with the loud, obnoxious, poorly dressed stereotype. I cringed when I saw those living stereotypes on the streets of Europe. I wanted to be chic and cultured... Read more »
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Eating and Drinking My Way Through Peru

I don't think a visit to Peru would be complete without trying pisco in some form. Peruvians are proud of their native liquor made from grapes (don't even think to ask about the Chilean version) and mix it with just about anything. This concoction is a Pisco Algarrobina- an egg-nog of sorts with carob syrup, egg, cinnamon, and condensed milk.
Peruivan food epitomizes comfort food. You got your meat and your starch, with the occasional vegetables (although I think potatoes and corn might be considered vegetable enough here). I was lucky enough to get a lot of home-cooked meals during my time in Peru- which was a relatively new experience for me travelling outside the... Read more »