Cleveland Rocks!

Before this summer, all I knew about Cleveland was that there was some controversy related to LeBron James. After a few vacation days there, I’m happy to have learned just a little bit more. My top take-away? This mid-sized city has a surprising number of things to do and has hometown pride in spades.

Toronto: My Sightseeing In This International City

Even though I live in a mid-sized city, I feel right at home in a much larger one. At least a couple times a year I make it my mission to spend some time in a big, diverse city, and Toronto fits the bill perfectly. It’s larger than I initially thought, as it’s actually the 4th largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York City, and L.A. Toronto is also a truly international city. Walk down the street and you’ll hear a plethora of different languages and accents. Here were some of my favorite things in T.O.

10 Things I Did in Austin Before It Was Cool

I spent two of my favorite years of my life in Austin, Texas. Though writing this post makes me miss it terribly, I’m also quite happy in my current location and I’m assured by my Austin-ite friends that the city isn’t as cool as it used to be. I don’t know if that’s actually true, but I’ll keep telling myself that. Here are a handful of recommendations for anyone visiting this fun-loving and sometimes “weird” city.

What to See (and Skip) in Atlanta

For two years during graduate school, I spent half my time in Atlanta, Georgia and the other half in Auburn, Alabama. I won’t bore you with the circumstances, just that I got to know the city of Atlanta and it was great. I still feel nostalgic when I have a layover at the Atlanta airport, I complain about how I can’t find spices anywhere that are as cheap as at the DeKalb Farmer’s Market, and I wish I could find a popsicle as good as the ones from King of Pops. Then I remember how bad the traffic is and I feel much better.

A Cheapskate’s Guide to Golden Gate Park

It’s surprisingly easy to spend a day at Golden Gate Park and its nearby attractions without spending a dime (well, except gas, tolls, and food- it is the expensive San Francisco Bay Area after all). A handful of activities in the park cost money. Though I’m sure those are great, this post is focused on what you can do for free. Given that Golden Gate Park is even larger than Central Park in New York City, there’s plenty to see.

A Weekend in Lucern, Switzerland

I’m going to make a bold claim: Lucern (or Lucerne, or Luzern) is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. I have a co-worker who told me before my trip, “I went to Germany and it was beautiful, but Switzerland is majestic.” Nowhere did I find this more true than in Lucern. It is definitely a straight out of a storybook, literally breathtaking kind of place. Even better, several of the best sights are free!