The Great Ethiopian Run/Walk/Dance Party

Great Ethiopian Run start line

I stood as still as possible as a narrow paintbrush ran across my face, from the middle of my cheek up to the corner of my eye. Soon, my cheek was covered in red, green […]

I’m Moving to Washington, D.C.!

Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

When I was 13, my dad offered to take me on a trip over spring break. My choices were Washington, D.C. or Disneyworld, and picking D.C. was a no-brainer for me (when my brother got […]

Donate to Passports with Purpose & Win a Hiking Trip in Burkina Faso!

Tengrela sunrise

This time last year I was getting ready for a trip to Mali and Burkina Faso – two countries in West Africa that are off the radar of most tourists.   But now is your […]

Running 26.2 Miles Through the Five Boroughs

medal selfie

As the alarm on my iPhone went off, I slowly turned it off and flipped on the light. The phone said 5:00 a.m., yet the alarm clock next to my bed said 6:00. Despite being […]

Highlights of Open House Chicago 2015

Ukrainian church

After discovering Open House Chicago for the first time in 2014 and going into it completely ill-prepared, I approached this year’s event with a bit more planning. One of several similar events that take place […]

Skopje: One of the Weirdest Cities I’ve Ever Visited

Skopje park

Skopje is the capital of Macedonia and was the last stop on my Balkans trip in July that included Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania. I really just added it in because it was cheaper to fly […]