7 Travel Tips: How I Made the Most of One Day in Florence, Italy

Before all this pandemic nonsense, I went on a group tour in Italy where I had exactly one full day in Florence. First of all, don’t do this. A city like Florence, with its famous history, art, and food, that kind of city deserves at least a few days of your life. It’s the capital … More 7 Travel Tips: How I Made the Most of One Day in Florence, Italy

How I Spent One Day in Asheville (and Why I’m Going Back Soon)

Asheville, North Carolina. I park on the top floor of a nondescript parking garage. The sun is bright, it feels harsh in the winter breeze. I head across the street and walk through a tall, arched door. The Grove Arcade is a grand space from an age of boundless optimism. Inside, it opens into a … More How I Spent One Day in Asheville (and Why I’m Going Back Soon)

The Cincinnati Zoo: Animals are Our Best Hope for Sanity During the Pandemic

During the past few months of quarantine, I’ve found myself turning to activities that remind me of childhood. Watching Avatar the Last Airbender, playing Animal Crossing, enjoying those heartening echoes of a simpler time. You know what I really loved as a kid? Animals. I used to love books and TV shows about animals so … More The Cincinnati Zoo: Animals are Our Best Hope for Sanity During the Pandemic

Downtown Cincinnati Murals: Self-Guided Walking Tour

With many things in Cincinnati closed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to take advantage of one of the city’s coolest outdoor attractions: the murals. Cincinnati’s downtown and Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhoods are decorated with dozens of murals, most of them created through the amazing work of a local non-profit organization, ArtWorks. If … More Downtown Cincinnati Murals: Self-Guided Walking Tour