Costa Rica: A Solo Trip Downloaded

I left for Costa Rica in March. After 3 months teaching, learning, and becoming incredibly tan and bug-bitten, I’m just now realizing how transformed I am. Coming back to Chicago is bittersweet. It’s almost like I’ve never left. I’ve traded the exhilaration of jungles and mountains for the comforting familiarity of my neighborhood. It’s loud … More Costa Rica: A Solo Trip Downloaded

How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

It’s almost here! Saturday, June 21–the first day of summer, or the summer solstice–marks the day with the most hours of sunlight; from here on out, the days get shorter as we wind down to the winter solstice. Ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, Druids, and many other ancient cultures revered equinoxes and solstices, building megalithic structures to … More How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

How to Conjure Your Lady Tribe: The Art of Finding Amazing Girlfriends

While packing for Costa Rica, I remember sitting on my floor picking through my sister’s stash of assorted condoms she brought home from some kind of STD awareness fair at her school. Of course I’ll need condoms, I thought, tossing aside the flavored and expired ones. There will be surfers! There will be traveling outdoorsmen! … More How to Conjure Your Lady Tribe: The Art of Finding Amazing Girlfriends

The Definitive Warm-Weather, Summer-Long Packing List

On trips, I’m a notorious over-packer. I love to over-prepare and dream up all sorts of situations I could find myself in: What if I’m invited to a fancy beachside restaurant by a vacationing investment banker? What if I’m working in a cafe then want to head to the jungle for ziplining? What if there’s … More The Definitive Warm-Weather, Summer-Long Packing List

To Do: Costa Rica

This is a promise: I am making international travel a Thing. With a capital T. If you have a lowercase “thing,” it’s a fleeting affair, you’re on a kick: I’ve got a thing for pumpkin puree right now. I’m gonna try doing this caffeine-free thing. But when it’s an uppercase “Thing,” it’s a priority. Just … More To Do: Costa Rica