What Are We Doing Here?

In the past three weeks, Casa de la Mateada experienced: an entire house full of illness (everyone except me had something), a car accident, two concussions with subsequent trips to the emergency room, a robbery, and an earthquake. We joke we need to wear helmets everywhere we go. As if we could stand out any …

"If the doors of perception were cleansed / Everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." - William Blake 

A Dream Come True

I had a dream last weekend about one of the greatest monstrosities ever to happen to breakfast cereal.  A few years ago, the manufactures of Trix cereal determined it would be cheaper to produce Trix in an identical shape rather than maintain their authentic and magical form that resembles “fruit.”  It went from a bowl …

It Begins. With Fútbol, Of Course…

I’ve been in this country just over a week and eaten empanadas on five separate occasions. We even made some today in our “end-of-orientation-welcome-treat” in addition to a horseback ride and a brief dance lesson.  (Even with Google’s aid, none of us can manage to remember what the dance is called.)   Needless to say, we’ve …

Welcome To “Chicago”

Sunday: Jake and I devoured our leftover empanadas for brunch (?) and finally rallied around one or so to explore our neighborhood.  We walked through Lincoln Park towards Millennium Park to check out the Bean and the Art Institute.  Just kidding (the “bean” is the cover photo, called the Floralis Genérica).  But both of us felt …

The City That Actually Never Sleeps

Thursday: I landed in Buenos Aires at around 8am local time (two hours ahead of Chicago) and made it through customs by about 9. After taking a shuttle downtown from the airport, I walked about two miles to my hostel (in retrospect, a cab would have been nice).  I arrived at Milhouse Hostel around 11am. After …

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci

Slow Down and Look Up

This past summer, I interned with a retail insights company located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  For those who don’t know, the “Magnificent Mile” is one of nation’s premier streets for shopping, and also a top destination for the city’s tourists.  One afternoon, I found myself headed to lunch with my boss on a gorgeous …