March Snow

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Chicago, USA | No Comments

It’s snowing again.

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Winter Weardown

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Chicago, USA | No Comments

Everyone I’ve spoken to in Chicago agrees—this has been the worst winter in memory. It’s been bitterly cold and snowy. It’s almost March and I’ve only ridden my bike twice whereas last year I proudly rode all winter. Luckily I have a few business trips on the horizon that will get me away from these depressing temperatures.

More snow falling in Logan Square

More snow falling in Logan Square

Traveling Through 2013

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Chicago, New York, USA | No Comments

In my travel roundup of 2012 I was hoping to travel a bit more internationally this year. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. It’s funny too, as I finally broke down and was approved for the Global Entry program. A big bonus of the program is qualifying for the TSA Pre-Check line when flying participating airlines.

I stuck with mainly United again this year—once you get status on an airline business travel becomes so much more enjoyable. Last year I made status based on miles (Australia put me over the edge), but this year I made it on segments (New Jersey and Detroit aren’t far, but each flight counts as a segment). Whereas I had two trips booked last year at this time, it’s looking like a Chicago January for me in 2014.

January: Brooklyn, New Jersey, Atlanta, New Jersey, New York

2013_12_1Jan-1My first time in Brooklyn, and a view of the unfinished World Trade Center

2013_12_1Jan-2Another first—Atlanta—where I rode the metro and visited the aquarium

2013_12_1Jan-3After working in New Jersey I stay in Manhattan for a few days

February: Detroit

2013_12_2Feb-1There’s never much to show when working outside of Detroit so here’s a shot of my winter biking adventures

2013_12_2Feb-2The short flight to Detroit does provide for great views of Chicago

March: New Jersey, Minnesota

2013_12_3Mar-1Odd weather left the view of Manhattan fro Jersey City radically different day-to-day

2013_12_3Mar-2Flying in early allows me to meet up with New York friends and draw at the FIT museum

2013_12_3Mar-3Minnesota is still awfully cold in March, the bike up to Chicago’s annual Traveler’s Century Club meeting was much more pleasant

April: Chicago

2013_12_4Apr-1An entire month at home!

May: Pittsburgh

2013_12_5May-1With May came weather good enough for long bike rides, helping out with the local Kidical Mass ride, and outlandish Mexican wrestling matches

2013_12_5May-2I worked in the hotel inside Pittsburgh’s airport for days, but managed to get out and take a bus to the Warhol Museum before flying home

June: New Jersey, Minnesota

2013_12_6Jun-1Every once in a while I’m upgraded to First Class

2013_12_6Jun-2David was in town from Canada, so we managed a Sox game and a concert in Millennium Park

July: New Jersey, New York, New Jersey, Brooklyn

2013_12_7Jul-1

2013_12_7Jul-2The Turrell exhibit at The Guggenheim was excellent, although incredibly crowded

2013_12_7Jul-3This trip was a big museum stop for me—both The Guggenheim for Turrell, and The Met for the Punk Fashion exhibit

2013_12_7Jul-4I saw Belle and Sebastian and Bjork in a rain storm at Pitchfork Music festival but managed to get hit by a car biking home

2013_12_7Jul-5Working in New Jersey 8 times this year, I finally bought myself a MoMA membership. This visit I stayed a few days at the end to visit with a friend in Brooklyn

August: Detroit

2013_12_8Aug1A friend and I took our bikes out to the suburbs to bike the beautiful Fox River Trail

2013_12_8Aug2Detroit again—this place and I don’t get along

2013_12_8Aug3Summertime in Chicago is grand—free concerts, block parties and garage sales

2013_12_8Aug4View of the city on a bike ride past the Planetarium

2013_12_8Aug5The annual seersucker bike ride to Jackson Park

September: Detroit, Denver

2013_12_9Sept-1Sooner or later I knew I’d end up in a Detroit ER…

2013_12_9Sept-2On the bright side, after the ER I headed to visit my sister in Denver for the Tour de Fat

October: New Hampshire, New Jersey, Austin

2013_12_10Oct-1Chicago’s beautiful lakefront

2013_12_10Oct-2New Hampshire was another first for me this year

2013_12_10Oct-3I visited both MoMA and PS1 on this New York visit

2013_12_10Oct-4My first time in Austin was nice, but wasn’t the amazing place everyone had talked up

November: Miami

2013_12_11Nov-1The Guy Fawkes tweed ride is the best ride of the year, but the ride home from Bridgeport is brutal

2013_12_11Nov-2Once in the hotel I didn’t leave, and I managed to kill my computer. Maybe South Beach next time around?

December: Detroit

2013_12_12Dec-1A snowstorm kept me delayed in dreary Detroit an extra day and a half

Fall Colors

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Chicago, USA | No Comments

Today was a beautiful fall day in Chicago. It was cold but not yet so cold that you don’t want to leave the house. Since I’ve been traveling so much I haven’t had a chance to make it up to the forest preserves North of Chicago since the beginning of Spring. I love fall, but just wish it wasn’t followed by winter.

Shooting Deer

Shooting Deer

Fall Bike Trail

Fall Bike Trail

Never Ending Chicago Winter

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Chicago, USA | No Comments

Lake Michigan

Growing up near Chicago has trained me for winter and I’m used to much more snow than we’ve been getting in recent years. What is it about this year’s winter that has everyone I know pleading for it to end? Despite the lack of snow it seems we’re well below average temperature for March. I don’t mind the cold, but I miss the sun.

Officially Winter

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Chicago, USA | No Comments

I can deal with the cold temperatures, it’s the weeks without sunshine that get to me during the Chicago winter.

Frozen city

Frozen city

Hazards of parking in the gutter

Hazards of parking in the gutter

Streets full of ice

Streets full of ice

Traveling Through 2012

Despite my lack of updates, I managed to take quite a few trips this year. Only a few were non-work related but I try my best to spend a little time in each city I visit. Both St. Louis and Detroit trips were in and out in one day, but I always arrange extra time in New York and D.C.

Who knows what sort of travel is in store for me in 2013, but I hope for at least one international trip. I’m still toying with the idea of biking around Iceland but, for now, all I know is I’ll be visiting New York and Atlanta.

January: Washington D.C.

Air and Space Annex Museum, VA

Air and Space Annex Museum at Dulles Airport, Virginia

February: St. Louis

Chicago sunrise

Daytrip to St. Louis

March: Virginia, Syracuse

Small plane from D.C. to Syracuse

Small plane from D.C. to Syracuse

Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse

We had Dinosaur BBQ twice in Syracuse

Syracuse cartwheel

Cartwheeling at work in Syracuse

April: NYC, Jersey City

Manhattan by air

Manhattan by air

NYC morning

Visiting with Sema (who I last saw in Kyrgyzstan), cartwheeling on the High Line

Jersey City sunset

Jersey City sunset

May: NYC, Jersey City

NYC park museum afternoon

Afternoon spent in parks and museums in NYC

NYC High Line

Have I mentioned how much I love the New York High Line?

New York afternoon

I managed to get my client to go with a Star Trek theme this trip

Chicago Twilight

Chicago Twilight

July: Washington D.C., Detroit

Modern art in D.C.

Modern art, including “The Art of the Video Game” exhibition, in D.C.

Seeing friends in D.C.

Museum hopping and seeing friends in D.C.

One day in Detroit

My first time in Detroit – one day in the suburbs

August: Denver

Overcast Denver

My first ever overcast day in Denver, visiting my sister

September: Connecticut, Houston

Connecting flights to Connecticut

Connecting flights to Connecticut

Sunrise on the way to Houston

Sunrise on the way to Houston

November: Sydney, Pittsburgh

Gorgeous Sydney

Who knew Sydney was so gorgeous? I can’t wait to go back.

Sydney

My time in Sydney was way too short, and the flight way too long with no TV in my seatback

SYD > LAX > ORD > PIT

SYD > LAX > ORD > PIT

Dreary Pittsburgh

A dreary first visit to Pittsburgh, testing the limits of my carryon with a 16-day trip

United status

I finally reached the lowest level of status on United, halving my boarding number and scoring me an exit row

December: Boston

Boston business

Business trips to Boston mean cookie cutter hotels and plenty of lobster

Boston by air

Boston’s topography is totally different than I thought

Chicago fog

Flying home to Chicago for the last time in 2012

Chicago Open Streets: Milwaukee Avenue

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Chicago, USA | No Comments

I may be a bit behind on my posting, Chicago’s Open Streets happened in September. Even so, I wanted to post about it because it was an interesting event. One and a half miles of Milwaukee Avenue was shut down for a good part of the day in Wicker Park. I was hoping it would simply be a clear open street for cyclists, but small areas were set up with activities like 4-square, fencing and areas for kids to play. As nice as it was to casually ride down Milwaukee without worrying about being doored or running over a jaywalker, I pointed out to friends that this happens every Sunday and holiday in Bogota and, although this is a start, I hope we can make streets safe and open more than once a year.

4 Square Players

4 Square Players

Milwaukee Avenue

Milwaukee Avenue

Fencing Demonstration

Fencing Demonstration

Officially Fall

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Chicago, USA | No Comments

Chicago was beautiful yesterday, the trees full of yellow leaves glowing against a bright blue sky. Today is overcast and dreary, reminding me that the winter is coming. Summer in Chicago is so great that, even though I know it will end, it’s always hard to see go.

Rainy fall day

Rainy fall day

Chicago view from Streeterville

Chicago view from Streeterville

Farmer's Market

Farmer’s Market

Latte at Gaslight Coffee Roasters

Latte at Gaslight Coffee Roasters

Meet, Plan, Go! 2012

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Chicago, Travel Talk, USA | No Comments

Less than a week to go until Meet, Plan, Go! I’ll be speaking in a breakout group at the Chicago event this time around, but there are tons of amazing and experienced travelers at all of the events.

So, if you’ve ever been jealous of my trips and wondered how you could possibly travel around-the-world or long-term get yourself to Austin, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, South Florida or Toronto next Tuesday, October 16th.

Our lovely host, Lisa Lubin, was on WGN news last week talking about the Chicago event (watch the video here). The event has historically sold out, so get your tickets now if you plan on going and don’t want to risk door tickets selling out. Still unconvinced? Here’s ten more reasons to attend this year.

Meet, Plan, Go! 2012

Meet, Plan, Go! 2012

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