Guest Posts

Food, Cathedrals, and Broken Spanish

June Guest Blogger: Daniela Avilez It’s been quite some time since I’ve been to Spain. It was a trip that my first high school offered through the art department. It was my first time flying overseas. I remember the gist of the trip vaguely, but a lot of details still stuck to me. One night,… Continue reading Food, Cathedrals, and Broken Spanish

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Safari in the Sunshine State

Walt Disney World in Florida offers a few different parks, but my mind was set on going on the safari ride in Animal Kingdom, so Charlotte and I did just that. This park didn't have nearly as many rides as some of the others, but in exchange for it, we saw many animals in a… Continue reading Safari in the Sunshine State

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Travel is Change

February Guest Blogger: Clare Malcolm Travel is change; change can trigger.  Change and mental health work at cross purposes to each other. Change of any sort can be symptom-inducing and a trigger for the worst aspects of mental health issues.  Ironically, travel is in its every essence change. Change of place, change of environment, change… Continue reading Travel is Change

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The Best Beach in the U.S.

As I'm writing this, it's a record temperature of -25 here in Chicago, so I'm going to tell you about Charlotte's and my first couple days in Florida last May; then, I can reminisce on the warmth. We flew into Tampa with my parents and stayed at the Quality Inn and Conference Center, which had… Continue reading The Best Beach in the U.S.

Guest Posts

Christmas Markets Lift Your Spirit

January Guest Blogger: Melissa Bitter One of the many benefits of living in Germany is taking advantage of the numerous festivals and traditional celebrations throughout the region. Christmas (Weihnachten) Markets, or more accurately Advent Markets, pop up in nearly every town and city across Germany in the weeks before Christmas. Hundreds of vendors peddle bakery… Continue reading Christmas Markets Lift Your Spirit

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Sunny Day in the Windy City

Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful holidays. As many of you know, I haven't finished telling you about Charlotte's visit and our trip to Florida. Well, this is my last post about Charlotte's trip to Chicago. We took the train to the city with my friends, Jen and Alejandra, the day before… Continue reading Sunny Day in the Windy City

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Lake Geneva Hike: Overview & Tips

In Lake Geneva Hike (Part I), I told you about my hesitation and anxiety of doing this hike and that it all went away as we started walking. I had nothing to worry about, and nature is always a great reminder of that. It seems to be a great anti-depressant and anti-anxiety med. I couldn't… Continue reading Lake Geneva Hike: Overview & Tips

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Lake Geneva Hike (Part II)

The second half of our journey was a little bit tougher than the first because we were quite tired. As I mentioned in my last post, we stopped for ice cream in Williams Bay, WI which, of course, perked us up a bit. We went to Frosty Moose, which had a large selection of flavors… Continue reading Lake Geneva Hike (Part II)

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Lake Geneva Hike (Part I)

As I mentioned in my previous post, Charlotte, Jen, and I hiked around Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. When the idea to do it came up, I was pumped because I knew it would be such a fun adventure. However, later, I did have my doubts when my anxiety crept in a bit asking, "What if… Continue reading Lake Geneva Hike (Part I)

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Local Fun: iFLY & Sugary Treats

I have so much to tell you about our 26-mile hike around Lake Geneva including some tips for such a long hike and this specific route! It's going to take me a bit longer to write those posts, so I thought I'd skip that day for now. After spending a few days in Chicago (and… Continue reading Local Fun: iFLY & Sugary Treats