What I’ve Been Up to This Week (Or: Why My Next Professional Goal is to Take Better Travel Photos)

I’m writing this post on a Thursday. Thursday. Though I realize my blog isn’t exactly followed by millions, I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been publishing new stuff every week for the past month or so. Staying dedicated – and on a schedule – has been a big step in the right direction for me. I’ve been pretty busy in the past week, though, and I didn’t get around to writing anything up until today. The old me would’ve probably said “well, Wednesday has come and gone – I’ll just post something next week.” The new me realizes that posting a day late is better than skipping an entire week. #progress.

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything travel-related because, obviously, I haven’t really been traveling. My last excursion was to San Francisco last summer, and I’m definitely feeling a little cooped up. Add to that the fact that my boyfriend is currently spending five weeks in Thailand, and you’ve got a recipe for wanderlust. I have a flexible schedule, some savings, and I can work from anywhere – it’s time for a trip! (Yes, there is going to be a trip announcement at the end of this post.)

Like I said, my boyfriend left for Thailand last Friday to spend five weeks training at a martial arts school. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to Thailand: that’s not quite in the freelance budget at this point.) So that’s where my busy week started. We spent Friday jaunting around Chicago, which meant that I got to play tour guide, a favorite pastime of mine that lets me simultaneously hang out in Chicago and act like a total know-it-all.

And now for the reason behind the alternative blog post title. For someone who travels a lot and likes to blog about it, I am an absolutely horrible travel photographer. I took absolutely zero photos of any real travel value during the day, so I am just going to post these cool photos of Chicago street art.

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Well, and one of me, because I think I look nice.

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After a very windy day in Chicago, I had a pretty relaxing weekend. Then things got busy with work stuff, lots of job applications, and … planning a trip to Mexico City!

My cousin John and his boyfriend Christian recently spent some time in the Mexico City, and John convinced me to make the trip. In fact, quite a few of my friends and peers have visited the city recently. It’s a really affordable destination, has fascinating culture and architecture, and seems to be enjoying a resurgence among backpackers and young travelers. And, as a bonus for me, it’s played host to some cool people that I really admire, like the beat poets Jack Kerouac and William Boroughs and the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Anyway, John raved about his trip, and so did a few other friends I spoke to who have lived or traveled in the city. The flight was cheap, I got the bug in my brain, and I booked the tickets. I’m leaving on Tuesday and will be there for two weeks!

Obviously, I haven’t been to Mexico City yet. So please enjoy some photos by John and Christian, which you can find on their super-cool Instagram accounts:

And again with the lack of dedication to travel photography.

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