Summer has arrived in the Quad-Cities... Since this is the first summer I've had a "grown-up" job, I now fully understand the importance of coffee in the morning. But not just any coffee, iced coffee. That is why, in honor of the beginning of summer, I have tasted iced coffees from six "iconic" QC coffee shops. This … Continue reading Who has the best iced coffee in the Quad-Cities? Part Two
Summer has arrived in the Quad-Cities... Since this is the first summer I've had a "grown-up" job, I now fully understand the importance of coffee in the morning. But not just any coffee, iced coffee. That is why, in honor of the beginning of summer, I have tasted iced coffees from six "iconic" QC coffee shops. This … Continue reading Who has the best iced coffee in the Quad-Cities? Part One
Last weekend Cody and I made our way north to the famous Maquoketa Caves State Park. I forgot about how different everything looks there compared to the rest of Iowa... It's almost as if you aren't in Iowa at all. Only 45 minutes from home we found giant caves, steep inclines, and cliffs. Getting there Maquoketa … Continue reading Explore Iowa: Maquoketa Caves
Week two at the Moline Dispatch was full of press releases, press conferences, and "by lines" for your truly. Not to mention that summer finally decided to come to the Quad-Cities. A Sunday graduation down the street from the office On Sunday, May 21, one of the local colleges of the Quad-Cities, Augustana, was having … Continue reading Moline Dispatch, Week 2: working weekends and riding the QC’s favorite Cat
Yesterday Cody and I took a spontaneous hiking trip to Wildcat Den State Park, not far from the Quad Cities. We were pleasantly surprised about how unique the experience was. Ye old Pine Creek grist mill Since 1848, the Pine Creek Grist Mill has been operating in Muscatine County. The mill, which is indeed still grinding grain to … Continue reading Explore Iowa: Wildcat Den in Muscatine County
Every year since 2010 Navy Pier has hosted weekly celebrations of different cultures in its Crystal Gardens between February and April. The celebrations focus on cultures that are represented within Chicago land neighborhoods. On April 10th, Poland took center stage at the Crystal Gardens. Navy Pier is typically what Chicagoans call a "tourist trap" and it is rare … Continue reading Poland Visits Chicago at Navy Pier’s 6th Annual “Neighborhoods of the World”
1. Being late. Always. I don't know what it is but this city has a way of delaying every short walk... It is absolutely exhausting. The tiny red hand on the other side of the street has become my biggest enemy since moving here. It mocks me as I squirm in my late-ness on the … Continue reading 5 Things I Constantly Worry About While Walking on the Streets of Chicago
In October 2014, Cody and I had been invited to attend a family wedding in Memphis, Tennesse, and since we take any opportunity we can to road trip we decided to drive down and spend a night in Saint Louis, Missouri. It was going to be Cody's birthday that week and I wanted to find … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: A Playground for All Ages!