Sedlec Ossuary: over 40,000 human skeletons decorating a church

Our story begins in a small town outside of Prague in the 13th century. An abbot of the local church was sent to Jerusalem to visit the Holy Land. He brought back a handful of soil from Palestine and sprinkled it on the ground around his church. Because of this, the area became a very desirableContinue reading “Sedlec Ossuary: over 40,000 human skeletons decorating a church”

Steamy winter day at the Budapest thermal baths

It might be -6°C (21°F), but it’s getting steamy out here! When visiting Budapest in the winter, I didn’t let the snow and cold put me off of visiting the beautiful outdoor thermal spas.  I decided to visit the Széchenyi Medicinal Baths that are located in a large park that’s also home to the Vajdahunyad Castle. TheContinue reading “Steamy winter day at the Budapest thermal baths”

Post-travel depression: Is coming home harder than leaving?

the happy and the sad of traveling They say that if you’ve never known sadness, you’d never know happiness. For me, happiness is my traveling. It’s hearing the laughter of children as I teach them a new game, the light in the eyes of the old couple as they welcome me into their home, the views of clouds underContinue reading “Post-travel depression: Is coming home harder than leaving?”

Asmara: a crumbling memory of Italian colonialism

Walking around the empty streets of downtown Asmara on a Sunday afternoon, you could almost imagine yourself in a small Italian town. Actually, it would probably be more accurate to imagine yourself in a small Italian town in the 1970s, instead (although, how would I know what that looked like? but that’s how I imagineContinue reading “Asmara: a crumbling memory of Italian colonialism”

Road trip to Massawa, Eritrea

Yesterday my mom and I took a day trip to the lovely city of Massawa. It’s a 3-hour drive from Asmara, which would be considerably less if it weren’t for the scary winding mountain roads. As you leave the city of Asmara, you start to see the beautiful mountains of Eritrea. Yes, the roads are scaryContinue reading “Road trip to Massawa, Eritrea”

Finding my roots & solving a family mystery in Poland

My mom has been updating our family tree for the past few years. Whenever we visit Poland and see our family, we ask for any dates or photographs or information they may have of their parents/grandparents/relatives. My mom even bought an expensive iPad app and computer program to store all the information. Now, I’m inContinue reading “Finding my roots & solving a family mystery in Poland”

My favorite buildings in Chicago

Chicago Cultural Center I spent the afternoon wandering around the Chicago Cultural Center in the Loop. I’ve wanted to go for so long, but surprisingly this was my first time. The other week, I visited the Harold Washington Library (read about that visit here!) where I found out that the Cultural Center was actually theContinue reading “My favorite buildings in Chicago”

Article: Modern-Day Slavery in the UAE

This article was written for my International Reporting class. While the United States is hurled through a contentious and politically charged presidential election, a lot of spotlight has been put on immigrants rights and policies. While Americans may worry about numbers of immigrants entering the country, migrants only make up 15% of the population inContinue reading “Article: Modern-Day Slavery in the UAE”

The In-Cider Scoop: A Trip to The Northman

With the increase of fruitier, sweeter beer-alternatives and ciders entering the mass market around Chicago, the opening of the city’s first ‘Cider Bar’ came with great enthusiasm. The Northman finally opened about two months ago, after they first announced their idea over two years ago. Chicago cider fans have been patiently waiting for their favoriteContinue reading “The In-Cider Scoop: A Trip to The Northman”

DePaul – diversity in the midst of segregation?

Despite it’s diverse composition, Chicago is known to be one of the most segregated cities in America. The neighborhoods are divided by both class and race. There are many neighborhood community areas with overwhelming racial majorities. Minority ethnicities and races in particular seem to be limited to particular regions in the city, like the westContinue reading “DePaul – diversity in the midst of segregation?”