First Half!

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On Sunday, I ran my first half marathon! I didn’t have my phone to take pictures, but trust me when I say that the lakefront has never been more beautiful. 13.1 wasn’t easy, but it also wasn’t a killer. My Runner’s World Smart Coach program worked really well and was easy to follow. I can’t wait for my next one!

Chicago Marathon 2012

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Go Runners!

On Sunday, October 7th, Chicago was (mostly) shut down for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. About a month ago, I decided to volunteer with Fleet Feet Chicago, and I handed out Gatorade to hundreds of thirsty runners at Mile 10. It was my first time working at a marathon, and I’d do it again in a heart beat. Despite the crisp 41 degree weather (perfect for runners, not so much fun for standing around), the marathon made for a great morning.

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Windy City

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I find Willis/Sears Tower terrifying.

Since it’s fresh in my mind, I’m writing a recap of my move to Chicago. I promise to finish my Italy/Turkey adventures this weekend before I start school. In case, you are new to this blog, I am becoming a student again! I’m entering the Middle Eastern Studies M.A. program at the University of Chicago, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve ordered most of my textbooks, and I think this semester will be really fascinating and challenging. Last Friday, I said goodbye to my beloved Connecticut and flew out to the Windy City with my mom. After a whirlwind move-in, we had the chance to be tourists and explore some of Chicago’s finest sights.

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Firenze

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A postcard from my collection.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated, but better late than never I suppose. Part 2 of my family’s Italian adventure brought us to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. Despite having lived in Italy for four months during study abroad, this visit marked my first time in Firenze. I am now kicking myself that I didn’t visit back in 2009. Florence easily makes my list of top five favorite new cities (along with Vienna, Sarajevo, Bruges and Salzburg). The art alone is worth the visit, but I would stay just to wander.

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