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Flyover America: Top Cities to Visit in the US Away from the Coast

10 Underrated Inland Cities to Visit in the United States | Photo by John Warg via Unsplash.com
Photo by John Warg

As an American who hails from what’s generally referred to as a “flyover state,” I get it.

The United States is big; its coastal cities are major and famous; there are only 24 hours in a day. Of course you want to go to New York and LA, Miami and San Francisco. I’m not here to crush your dreams. (Well, not all of them, anyway.) CONTINUE READING

Road Trip — Duluth and North Shore Scenic Drive, Minnesota

Road Trip -- Duluth and North Shore, Minnesota

So hopefully by now, I’ve convinced you to go to my US hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In which case: hey, fantastic! Way to go, me (and you too, I guess). I hope you’ll love it.

But why stop there? There’s plenty more to see outside the city, and I know just where you should go next: Minnesota’s North Shore Scenic Drive, which begins in the northern port city of Duluth and ends 150 miles later, at the US-Canadian border. CONTINUE READING

Celebrating and Critiquing the Women’s March + Links


Photo by Austin Schmid

When I opened up my social media feeds this past weekend, I was blown away.

Blown away by just how many people were out on the streets on Saturday protesting hate, inequality, and injustice. Blown away by the photos of the crowds, the witty signs they made, the powerful words they spoke and posted. Blown away by the sheer size of it, not just in DC or across the US, but around the world. I saw some amazing awareness, compassion, understanding, and support taking place, and it warmed my heart. CONTINUE READING

Summer 2016 Wrap-Up

Summer Wrap-Up: Netherlands + Minnesota -- Em Dashed

This past “summer” in the Netherlands was pretty much what I’ve come to expect after two years.

It was cold. It was cloudy. It was wet. I grumbled and pouted and questioned nearly every day why I had chosen to live in such a godforsaken place, which I can only assume means I should get my Dutch passport in the mail any day now. (“Je bent één van ons. Veel sterkte.”) CONTINUE READING

“Going Home” When You Live Abroad

Going Home When You Live Abroad | Photo by Aaron Burden
Photo by Aaron Burden

When you’ve been living abroad for as long as I have, the idea of “going home” starts to become a bit fuzzy.

Though I use the word frequently — referring to either my current mailing address here in the Netherlands, or my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota — if someone were to straight up ask me what I consider home, I wouldn’t be able to answer. At least, not without an explanation. CONTINUE READING