Mall at night

My Second Month in D.C.

Wow, has it already been two months since I moved to Washington, D.C.? I generally feel like I have settled in well and gotten into a good routine here. Waking up and doing yoga, walking to and from work, running or going to the gym after work (and still getting home by 7!!). I’ve got …

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Portland skyline

A Weekend in Portland, Oregon

While my new home of Washington, D.C. was digging out of a massive snowstorm a few weeks ago, I was on the other side of the country, running along the rainy waterfront in Portland, Oregon. My trip to Portland was originally mostly business, but due to the impending storm, I moved my flight up a …

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WWII and Washington Monument

One Month in a New City

Friday marked one month since I moved from Chicago to Washington, D.C. – my first time living outside of the Midwest in my entire life. Here’s a look at how it’s gone. First up, the move itself. I wasn’t bringing any furniture with me to D.C., so I didn’t think it made sense to hire …

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big baboon

A Game Drive in Awash National Park

  “Katie, look! A dik-dik!” “Where?” “Over there.” “Where?” “There.” “I don’t see it, where?” “There, running away into the woods.” “Oh.” And thus went what seemed like the first hour of my “game drive” through Awash National Park, located a few hours’ drive from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. (By the way, a dik-dik is …

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