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looking back, rotterdam

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on October 5, 2011

Rotterdam, last spring, left me with a strange feeling.  It was disorienting and cold, we were weary and wet from the rain, and somehow I just didn’t feel welcome.

But today, something’s drawing me back…

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one more reason

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on September 19, 2011

to visit my london friends

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Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on November 1, 2010

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Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on September 13, 2010

New apartment, new city, new friends, new vocation…  This basically sums up the three whirlwind weeks that just went by: from the suburbs of Minneapolis to New York’s East Village and from insignificant summer jobs to finding myself engulfed in the great nebulous cloud of academia.  How can learning be so clarifying an experience, and all the while leave you in such a haze of doubt and ambiguity?

I’ve found myself constantly in need of rethinking what I think.

Kind of like this:

I feel as though my perspective has been closing in on itself the past few years.  Maybe it was being out of school for the first time. Or maybe my unfulfilled need for city life…

But I am re-learning now to believe in the legibility of the world around me.

This guy knows what I’m talking about:

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all roads lead to ny

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 20, 2010

And I couldn’t be more excited.

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walking old san juan

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 12, 2010

Who remembers spring break in Puerto Rico?  Rooftop happy hour,  three to a bed, reggaeton dance clubs, and driving through old san juan at 2am with the windows down…

Well it seems some of that might change. And contrary to my usual nostalgic disposition, this is one bit of change I kind of like… The city of San Juan has announced a plan to make Old San Juan entirely pedestrian.  This is only just part of a greater revitalization plan aiming at redeveloping and repopulating the island district of Isleta, of which Old San Juan is a neighborhood.

B y 2030, a proposed light rail system and the reconstruction of large avenues will alleviate traffic where it is still allowed, mixed-use development and preservation of much of the cities crumbling architecture will attract new residents, boosting the economy, and a pedestrian/bikeway connecting parks and the currently inaccessible and to-be-develloped waterfronts will reignite tourism to the area.

The future looks bright for Old San Juan…

PFR 2030, anyone?

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cross-country move : DIY

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on June 14, 2010

1. clean up one last time

2. throw a going-away party, invite some friends

3. begin to gather your belongings

4. pack them away

5. enjoy your last home-cooked meal

6. strategically fill the truck

7. check the weather. if its going to flood, get out of town

8. don’t look back

9. document the drive

10. split-up the drive, visit family, get some sleep

11. arrive, unload

12. settle in

13.  enjoy

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wicker park

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 29, 2010

Last weekend took me on short trip to my old neighborhood in Chicago. It hasn’t even been a year since we left, but I already feel a sense of nostalgia whenever I visit… In barely 24 hours, I had the chance to frequent some of our old neighborhood classics and was pleased to discover some new favorites as well.

Letizia’s, cappucino and muffin


My sister’s apartment, a sanctuary

Bagel on Damen, hello cream cheese

Big Star, new whiskey-tequila-taco favorite

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welcome to 11,440 feet

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 1, 2010

I’d drive 18 hours for this any day.

ok, he actual drove it.

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Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on February 24, 2010

Generally speaking, it doesn’t take much to give me the urge to bake, but with a rapidly approaching 18-hour road trip in the company of three young men, it was not just an urge, but a sense of duty that led me to make something for the road.

With images of beef jerky flowing from seat-pockets and fluorscent dorido dust coating fingertips, iphones and stearing wheels, I knew I should  go down the healthy route… but who am I to deny my sweet tooth?

Well, thanks to a favorite culinary blog , the solution was not hard to find… So with my suitcase packed and sitting by the door I went to work putting these guys together.

Sans flour, sugar, eggs, or butter… you may wonder how these could possibly taste good,

or how they hold together so beautifully,

but these little guys are my new favorite.

And the best part?  The recipe landed me with exactly 18 cookies – which equals exactly one per hour for the drive… ahem, for one person.

The guys will find their own stuff to snack on along the way, right?

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