Madison, Wisconsin

Impressions of Madison, Wisconsin

Last weekend, my little sister and I packed up the car and went on an impromptu road trip to Madison, the capital of our next-door and “rival” state, Wisconsin.

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My 5 favorite things about living in the US

My 5 favorite things about living in the US: 4th of July edition

Happy America day! I’m writing this under a sky that’s uncharacteristically cloudy for the week of July 4. But despite the gloomy weather, my heart is full. Even though I often dream of running away to travel the world, I am so grateful that I will always have a wonderful home to come back to. America, you have shaped me in everything that I am. I’m proud to celebrate the land of the free today.

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Mimosas and lanterns in Wisconsin

Last weekend, my housemates, our significant others, and I all packed up and went on an overnight triple date to Wisconsin, aka “America’s Dairyland.”

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S(pace Needle)(tarbucks)eattle

Five reasons you need to visit Seattle

I was dreaming about Seattle years before I went there. It’s kind of a surreal place—the sunset over the water, the mountains, the Space Needle (I mean, what more perfect place for crazy science fiction stuff to happen, right? That’s what my writerly brain decided). It’s a little romantic too, thanks to the temperamental weather and Sleepless in Seattle. Even the place names and the atmosphere feel different from the Midwest. It’s one of my favorite cities I’ve been to.

Here are a few of the biggest reasons I loved it so much and why I think you should visit it as well.

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Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

The best neighborhoods to visit in Minneapolis

I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, but I didn’t really start to explore the city until I moved there to go to college. It quickly became one of my favorite places—the sprawl of tree-lined streets, the tall stone buildings, the little cafes, the skyline across the river. At the moment, I live twenty minutes from downtown Minneapolis, and (with a very few exceptions) I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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