Behind the Buzz: A Cuba Travel Story

Let me start by saying I did like the buildings. A few months ago after reading a few blogs and a lonely planet magazine which had included a helpful list of countries that it deemed a mistake not to visit this year, Cuba appeared on our radars. It was actually Steph who first brought up…

Encountering Denali Wolves

Encountering Denali Wolves: I’ve never particularly felt threatened by animals. Aside from a brief shark encounter whilst scuba diving and being knocked over by a bulldog at age seven (more of a comical scene than a scary one according to passers by), nothing too terrifying has ever occurred. In fact its the animals which seem…

How the U.P. Won the Civil War

How the U.P. Won the Civil War In high school I picked Geography. I considered all of my options rather carefully, thinking about future careers, further educational routes and academic prestige, then I threw them out and decided that it would be easier to color in maps. At age fourteen I really didn’t give two…

An Alaskan Romance

We walked along the beach in front of the Chicago skyline, I was nervous, not quite shaking but close. I’d been looking for a place to do it for about half an hour and we were getting tired. If I didn’t do it soon the moment would pass and I’d have to wait. I sprung…