Hangin’ with the Amish

“So.. you wanna go on a day trip?” I asked my friend who had recently just gotten back from graduation. Apparently, Memorial Day Weekend—which I promise to finish soon… not nice of me to leave things dangling, was it?—wasn’t enough to satisfy my wanderlust! “From here?” she said dubiously. I didn’t blame her; we already lived in a town that would be considered a nice little “day trip” from Chicago for travelers and we’d become desensitized to all things quaint. Luckily, I’d already done my research and found Amish Country in Indiana, 2 hours from the Chicagoland area. So, on a cloudy … Continue reading

Heaven is a place in Naperville

I always love when friends come to visit me in my hometown. It gives me an opportunity to see my small little town with new eyes, have a fresh beginning. And that Friday, we had a chance to taste our way around! But I’m here to talk about a particular little gem… After classics like Portillo’s and Joy Yee’s where we each split half an Italian Beef and bubble tea, we headed to Heaven on Seven in the heart of Naperville. This restaurant has always been Naperville’s best-kept secretHeaven on Seven looks like a dinky little thing. But once you walk in, you’re surprised … Continue reading

Exploring the Sahara

We sat silently, surveying smaller peaks of the rolling dunes below, the orange of the sun overflowing and casting long shadows. The air up here, on the tallest dune at Erg Chigaga, was still, allowing our thoughts to follow suit. Here we sat, at the edge of the famous Sahara Desert, miles away from civilization, under a globe of stars that were just about to show. In this moment, I felt full—of life, of joy, of wonder. In this moment, life was incredible. On the second day in Morocco, we went to the Sahara Desert. This experience was possibly one of my … Continue reading

A very ethnic Memorial Day Weekend, Part I

A friend from UM came into town for Memorial Day weekend and I was overjoyed, seeing as how the most social I’ve been lately is with my cat after my night shift at work. After spending a night touring the good eats of my hometown, we rose early the next morning to catch the Metra into Chicago’s Union Station. We just didn’t foresee that the entire town would have exactly the same idea that we did. Spotted: a group of typical girls from my hometown who demonstrate that high-waisted shorts COULD get even worse after only one season. Those extended … Continue reading

Almost flew off the Cliffs of Moher

Moving on from Ireland without seeing the Cliffs of Moher would’ve had me sacrificed at some travel lord’s alter. So I chose to head there after a night in Galway, doubling back on same road I took from Killarney. Tip: visit the Cliffs of Moher on the way to Galway from Killarney. More useful tip: check out a map before booking tickets. Like I’d been doing in Ireland, I chose to go with a tour company to really maximize the sights that I could see even though my experiences with Ireland’s tour agencies have been less than satisfactory. If I … Continue reading