The Problem with Priorities

Understand me. I’m not like an ordinary world. I have my madness, I live in another dimension and I do not have time for things that have no soul.

Charles Bukowski

So you know how I said I’d try to post once a week? Guess what: I lied. It’s been more than a month of radio silence.

I could sit here and make excuses about traveling through Greece or pulling all-nighters for architecture or applying to over 40 architecture firms, but the truth is I don’t really care enough to do that.

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Plane views

Travel Tips from The Worst Backpacker Ever*

Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will always work out.

Gordon B. Hinckley

For some reason the people I meet in hostels think I’m qualified to give advice, as if I actually know what I’m doing. Apparently I know how to hack travel websites better than some people, so here are a bunch of the travel tips I’ve told literally everyone I’ve come into contact with, combined in one place.

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How to Survive a Christmas Abroad

Sorry I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth! I’ve been too busy living it up to update this (though one of my New Years Resolutions is to do better, we’ll see how that goes). I was originally going to post this forever ago (as in before I surprised my mother by suddenly appearing at home for Christmas) but there’s no point in keeping up that charade that I’m spending all of the Holidays abroad.

I did get a bit of travel in before I came back to Chicago, with some quick visits to Amsterdam to see the cousins, London to see Queen in concert and Dublin to see Guinness before I came back. In just a few days I’m off again to snowboard in France and explore Croatia before the new semester starts!

However, I know these tips are still applicable for people out at Christmas. While some people may not be able to fly home, others may not feel welcome at home, or not have a place to call home at all. To any and everyone wondering WTF their plan is for the holidays, hopefully these tips can help:

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A Not-So-Novel Post: My Summer Reads

Anyone who knows me has some story about how I devoured a monster of a book in an illogically short amount of time (or spent an entire lake trip locked inside with my nose in a book). Since going to college, I’ve fallen off the bookworm wagon a decent bit, and Audible has been the only real way I’ve had time to finish any book. However, I’ve vowed to consume as many pages as I can this summer, so here’s 6 books that are on my to-read shelf:

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