A tale of two cities: How to balance the old with the new

Now that I’ve been in Maine for a little while now, I have to say that I love it. I love the winding streets, the call of the seagulls, the rocky coast, and the slower way of life. Sometimes it feels like I’ve gone back in time to a simpler …

Death-defying rock climbing at Acadia

Last weekend I finally made the trek up to Acadia National Park. My boyfriend was visiting for the week and since neither one of us had been up to Acadia yet we decided it was something we had to do. Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island which …

Explore more: Do more of what excites you

One thing I set out to do when I moved to Maine was explore more. Since I’m an introvert and a homebody by nature it’s very easy for me to spend the weekend reading, writing, cooking, and other activities that involve staying in. I enjoy my solitude, but I moved …

The good, the bad, and the odd: A 60-day check-in

Today is June 1st which means that I’ve been in Maine for two months now. It’s been such an incredible experience so far. Somehow in this short amount of time I’ve been able to land a job, a pretty decent apartment, and have met some interesting people. I thought it’d …

Must-try places in Portland, Maine

If you spend even a short amount of time wandering around the streets of Portland, Maine you will notice that it’s a food lover’s paradise—or maybe just mine. There are so many unique cafes and restaurants intricately woven into this amazing city. I’m trying to explore at least a couple …

Hiking: Pushing yourself to your breaking point in the best way possible

This past weekend I went on a hiking adventure that nearly pushed me to my breaking point. I like to think that I’m pretty healthy. I walk about three miles a day, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and I do yoga. Overall that’s pretty good, but when …

Safety in Chicago vs. safety in Maine

Ever since I moved to Portland, Maine I’ve had several people talk to me about safety. “Don’t walk alone in shady areas at night. If you have to walk at night don’t wear headphones. Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t leave your doors unlocked.” I truly appreciate my new …

My unwavering allegiance to Chicago-style pizza

Of all the things I love about Maine, there is one thing that I can’t get here and that is Chicago-style pizza. Having lived in the Chicagoland area my entire life up until now, I grew accustomed to (and love) deep-dish, cut it with a knife and fork, feel like …

Finally moving to Portland!

Now that I’ve been in Maine for three weeks, it’s time for me to make another change. I’m moving out of my Airbnb and into an apartment of my own in Portland! I’m a little sad to go because I’ve been very lucky with my Airbnb. The owners have been so friendly …

A perfect Maine day: Enjoying the things around you

Last weekend I did something I don’t do all that often: I put myself out there. I went to a hiking meetup hosted by a lovely lady I connected with on Instagram a few months back. This was the first meetup of hers that I was able to attend, and …