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So that’s been two years then. Wow, that really went by quickly. The past few days were a blur of saying goodbye to a lot of really amazing people who I look forward to seeing again soon, and packing everything up. Right before I left Kiev, we got one more snow - a really thick […]


This last month has been crazy. Work has been insane, my mom came to visit and then since she can’t fly direct from Kiev to Chicago, we decided to go somewhere fun for a couple of days on her way back home. We were going to go to Istanbul, but for some reason flights were […]

chick in romania

I’ve been here a couple of times before, but haven’t really gotten to see much of the city. Yesterday, we went on a bit of a tour, and I have some observations to share…
First off, the hotel we’re staying at looks just like the shining. Compare. My hotel:

The Shining:

Ok, the carpet is different. But […]


Yesterday, I hopped to planes to go to Romania. The good news is that when we do this, I get my favorite boarding pass ever:

The bad news is that the flight between Kiev and Budapest was so crappy, since we had to fly through some pretty nasty storms, that I almost broke the hand of […]

Tar te ta tarrrrr

Still no camera. But I haven’t been doing too much that’s interesting the past couple of weeks anyway, so it’s not the greatest loss in the world.
I’m off to Dublin tomorrow, where I will miss having my camera, so I’ll most likely work something out before I go. I’m planning on finding a leprechan and […]


I’ve been wanting to go to Berlin for a while. People who have been there say it’s my kind of place, and I was looking forward to hanging out the weekend after my meetings, and getting to know it. Alas, it was not meant to be. I arrived on Monday night, and had a pretty […]

oh my god

I feel like I haven’t left this meeting room for 48 hours straight.

And everyone is just talking about the same thing over and over. Oh my god. Must. Get out. Of room.
Hold me

good ol’ romania

I’m in meetings in Romania for the next couple of days.

One would think the goth scene is out of control here, or at least the goth tourist scene, which would be even more hilarious. If I ever get out of this conference room, I’ll be on the lookout. Possibility of that at the moment, however, […]

oh may….

Where have you gone? Can’t believe it’s already late May - time is flying. The past week was my birthday, and I went and met some friends in what I decided this past trip is my favorite place in the whole world - Istanbul.

Where we ate too much, drank too much, laughed and cried and […]

Chick out of commission

I went back to Chicago for a visit, and was being really really careful not to get sick like last time I went home in winter. As I got to Germany, I felt pretty cocky that I’d broken the curse and had made it back to Europe in one piece and as planned.
My next stop, […]


Thursday I flew from Kiev to Bucharest via Budapest. On the way back to Kiev, I stayed in Vienna for the weekend (no direct flight from Bucharest to Kiev). I arrived on lovely Tarom airlines:

which was actually OK. I was a total flybaby this whole trip for some reason. We had a bad takeoff coming […]

german carnival

I had to go to Germany for some meetings this week, and decided to stay the weekend to hang out with some friends. It just happened to be carnival, too. It was my first one, and it was a blast.

On Friday, when I had no idea we were going to even go to anything carnival […]

helsinki intermission

helsinki was pretty…

…wet and cold. And I came down with strep and had to go see a doctor. Who gave me a script for not one, but two antibiotics.

Dig that crazy typography. I’ve never seen so many ├╝mlots. And it sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard. I assumed Finnish would sound like Swedish, but nope. My […]

and, i’m off…

…to Helsinki for the weekend. Someone feed and water Kiev for me, I’ll be back next week.

with lots of photos of reindeer, saunas and vikings.