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Hyenas and Holiness in Harar

The sun was setting as I arrived in Harar in eastern Ethiopia. A nine-hour drive from Addis Ababa, this ancient walled city was my first destination outside of the capital and one that I was anticipating the most. The city dates back to the 7th to 11th centuries (estimates vary) and grew to become both …

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New Year, New Everything!

  Happy New Year!   I woke up this morning in a new apartment in a new city, ready for a new year. After a disappointing 2015, I am ready for a fresh start in 2016 and it really will be a new start in about every way imaginable. I am in the middle of …

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Good Riddance to 2015

Last year around this time, I had high hopes for 2015. Rather than making vague resolutions, I set specific goals. I was going to learn French. I was going to publish an e-book. I was going to pay off all my debt. I was going to reach my ideal weight. I was going to finish …

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My Upcoming Trip to Ethiopia

I leave for Ethiopia in just a few days and I feel completely unprepared. I booked the flights for this trip back in the spring when I stumbled upon a ridiculously low airfare on Qatar Airways to Addis Ababa (less than $700 – cheaper than flying to Europe!). But I held off on really planning …

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Ukrainian church

Highlights of Open House Chicago 2015

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 around the world, Open House Chicago is a two-day architectural extravaganza that opens up 200 buildings throughout Chicago (and Evanston!) …

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My Final Marathon Prep

I’m writing this as I sit in my hotel room in New York City, the day before the marathon. I had the best intentions to chronicle my marathon training regularly over the past 12 weeks but as you may have noticed, that just didn’t happen. Life has been crazy busy (read: work has been crazy …

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