I recently visited the beautiful, odd, and eclectic city of Berlin. Everywhere you turn there is something packed with history or something covered in graffiti. It has a very distinct personality–one of resilience and the bizarre. As you wander the streets, you get the feeling that many of the residents want to give the old, strict, insanely symmetrical order of German stereotypes the middle finger. I quite like their spirit. In terms of my originally-from-Texas mind, it feels like Berlin is […]
Mission San Juan Capistrano was the home to California’s very first vineyard–one of the other way Spanish missionaries left their mark on North America besides Smallpox. The mission itself dates back to the 1700s. Time, power shifts, and an earthquake have colored its walls, creating a backdrop for artists to showcase through film, literature, and the visual arts. Today, the site is a museum with a functioning chapel.
It’s my birthday, y’all! Here I am being vain with a buncha pictures of myself in a fun (but old) set of sneakers. What a way to celebrate. Don’t you love coincidences? These photos were shot on the 31st floor.
To the west of Los Angeles lies the vibrant beachfront neighborhood of Venice. For many years, it was an independent city–until merging with LA in the 1920s. Today, it’s home to many artists, mystics, performers, and folks hoping to live close to the city center. It’s eclectic and terrifically odd. Walking the promenade along the ocean feels like you’re at a circus and an art show, all in one. For the first time, I got the chance to wander around […]
I’ve been back to Chicago a few times since I moved last year, but this was the first time I got to fully enjoy the new River Walk. I have to say, I’m really impressed. If you’re visiting for the first time, don’t miss out on this new aspect of the city. While you’re at it, hop on the Water Taxi for a quick for a cheap boat ride and an expedited view of the layout. In the background of […]
Sunny Seattle: those words sound as though they don’t belong together. I’ve visited the beautiful city many times, and this trip was so beautiful and the weather was so pleasant–it felt like a different place. Where I Stayed: The Westin My Favorite Meal: The Premium Sushi Omakase at Shiro’s Sushi My Favorite New Brewery: Cloudburst and Fremont My Favorite New Beer Shop: TeKu Tavern Best Quick Tourist-y Thing to Do: The hour long harbor tour with Argosy You Can’t Miss: Pike Place Market, […]
I spent the weekend with my sweet parents in Dallas a while back. We stayed in a delightful little AirBnB (take a look at it here). It’s been so long since I’ve visited the DFW area, and I was surprised how much it changed. The Deep Ellum District is a really fun spot with lots of art to see and things to do. I’m apparently the last person from Texas to find out about it. It has a strong Austin-vibe […]
One weekend, I made the long drive to Omaha to see Son Little perform and Jade Bird perform at Reverb Lounge. It was a blast. There must have only been about 20 of us in a very small room. It was the most intimate concert I’ve ever been to. Aaron Earl Livingston (that’s Son Little’s name) is so talented–and it was as if he were talking to us all individually. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott downtown. I wouldn’t recommend […]
I finally made it back to Chicago after moving around a year ago. It was good to be back! The weekend went by super fast, but I still got up to some trouble. Here’s what I did: Stayed at The Gwen (where they have a great bar and curling on their terrace) grabbed coffee at Eataly brunched at HopCat with friends went to Emporium (an arcade bar) in Wicker Park had pizza and beer at Piece visited Shed Aquarium