Category: Travel

If there was ever a spreadsheet symbol of our love…

Airport Pickup: after Best Friend had been gone for almost two weeks in Estonia and Lithuania Best Friend and I met in December 2009 and started “hanging out” January 2010 (he thought it was a date; I didn’t). Our first trip, besides to a wedding the Western suburbs, was to Amsterdam, Paris, and Brugges July Read more…

Travel: Savannah, Georgia

Adorable town! Wish we had had more time to explore outside of the city, like Tybee Island. Everyone says it’s worth the trip. A few recommendations — Friends of a friend own Green Truck Pub. Great burgers, local fare, and ambiance. “It’s a story you’ve heard before. Boy goes to school. Boy becomes fancy-pants engineer. Read more…

Best Friend & Best Friend: a magical start to something magical

Best Friend and I have been kicking around the idea of a podcast. Then we get distracted by french fries and travel deals. Then we go to a conference where everyone’s all “You’ve gotta be on YouTube!” and we think, “Yeah, YouTube!” Then we get hired to do Workplace Camp and focus on nothing else but Read more…

If I die: morbid comforting contentedness

Amsterdam in front of the Van Gogh museum (our first BIG trip together and what prompted me to say “Wanna move in?”) I recently took a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. It fit our current travel criteria: neither Best Friend nor I had ever been Southwest flies there (we would only fly Southwest if we could; Read more…

GUEST POST: Moving from the Big City to a Teeny, Tiny Town

This is a Guest Post by Katie Gillespie whom I met via a mutual friend and got to know when we debuted (and encore’d) our Stepping Careers in Fear Experiment℠. She’s front and center at :50 — The epitome of quiet courage, she continually blows my mind and makes me so proud. Below she talks about Read more…

Mac & Cheese By The Bay: find your tribe in San Francisco

Photo via The Embassy Network For the past few years, I’ve experienced a mass exodus of Chicagoans for other zip codes. Whenever people leave me (sniff), they inevitably ask: “Do you do Mac & Cheese in (insert place they’re heading)? If not, do you know of like-minded organizations? I’d love to meet new people, find my Read more…

Travel: how to meet others and enjoy yourself on the road

Photo of me doing a Pecha Kucha via Visualized Concepts I get oft-asked “I’m traveling to ______, can you recommend ways to meet people, fun activities to do that are off the tourist-path? You know, Mac & Cheese, Life of Yes things…” The Eiffel Tower, Michigan Avenue, and Golden Gate Bridge are great but sometimes Read more…

My List: Chicago Beyond Navy Pier and Uno’s

Crossrhodes in Evanston (I know, I know, it’s not the city) I love getting asked about my dear city! And people do, often. So in Saya-Fashion, for ease and efficiency and because who doesn’t love a list?!, I’ve compiled some of my recommendations in list form. You can see some of my other lists on my Read more…

CHEESE-IT GIVEAWAY: 24-hour Divvy Passes

I’m a huge bike-share fan. Whenever I travel, it’s one of my favoritest ways to explore. You can see my in-depth post about why Best Friend and I are members though we both have our own bikes. The gist? It’s totally worth it! How bike-shares work If you’re not a member, you pay a fee usually Read more…