Prague | Photo Diary Part I

(View from Old Town Square Tower)
Prague, Czech Republic is the most beautiful city the world. Ok, so I may be biased because it’s the city I was born in, partially raised in and where I continuously visit the majority of my family. So of course I am going to brag about what an incredible city it is. I got to go back at the beginning of summer when we flew to Europe for our European adventure to Amsterdam (dutch cuisine post), London (part I and Part II), and Prague. Last on our itinerary was Prague because we were there for my cousin’s wedding and wanted to conclude our trip visiting my family.


1 Year Blog Anniversary

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I began blogging again. Although Dream of Adventures was started a few years ago during my semester abroad, I made my return back to the blogging world a year ago. I restarted my blog because I had finished university, lived alone, winter was approaching and I wanted to fill my evenings with something new. This year has gone by so fast and looking back at all the posts it amazes me how many adventures I have been on. 

 It took a few posts until I found my niche: travel. But if I thought of another topic to write about I wanted to share it (see: making my own chocolate). Over the past year I have been introduced to so many unique places, cultures and topics from around the world by reading blogs and connecting with other bloggers. I’ve always enjoyed reading magazines or news articles but now I find myself going to blogs for interesting readings.

Working a full time job and working on my blog on the side has proved to be difficult at times but has taught me how to organize my time and take my blog more seriously. In many ways Dream of Adventures is teaching me how to manage a project and challenges me when it comes to the tech aspect of my work.

I am in no way a tech savvy person and so the fact that I was able to set up a blog and have it become more than I imagined (with the help of many youtube videos) I am very proud of.  I started my blog on blogger and have been hoping to make the jump to wordpress. The one time I did try it I ended up thinking I had lost everything and ended up spending way too much on the process. Now with a new year ahead of me and my blog I hope to put on my big girl pants and make the switch. So look out for future changes and please bare with me as I navigate through the tech side of things.

I hope you like my blog and posts as much as I like putting them together. I am always overwhelmed when I see how many of you have left comments and I make sure to read all of them and answer as many as I can. I have noticed my photography improving as well as my writing. Blogging has opened up a new possibilities for me and I love the creative outlet it provides.  

Here's to the next year of adventures! =o)

x the Adventurer


Starved Rock State Park

When you think of the state of Illinois in the Midwestern part of the US you imagine corn fields, flat landscapes that go on for miles and of course the city of Chicago. What you didn’t think you would find just two hours outside of Chicago is a state park with steep inclines, sandstone canyons and tall trees – Starved Rock State Park. Last weekend a group of my friends and I spent the day hiking and exploring the many canyons in Starved Rock. Hiking through the park you would think you are a world away from the flat land of Illinois.


Five Days in St. Lucia

(View of Petit Piton from Tet Paul Trail)
Over the long holiday weekend I was lucky to spend a few days visiting my mom on the beautiful island of St. Lucia. This was my fifth trip (I can’t believe I’ve been there so many times already!) to the island and each time I discover something new. This trip was short, just five days and only three full days yet I was able to relax and rejuvenate before heading back to work and the start of fall weather in Chicago.



While visiting my family in Prague we took a day trip to Karlštejn castle and wandered through the town of Karlštejn. The large gothic castle founded in 1348, is one of the most famous and frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic along with the Prague Castle. Just 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the center of Prague, it’s the perfect place to spend the day and see the beautiful Czech countryside.


Last Minute Trip to Paradise

Nothing like a last minute trip to Paradise to rejuvenate! Two weeks ago I realized I needed to get out of town for a few days, away from the stress of work and moving. Without hesitating I booked a flight to the beautiful island of St Lucia. Sometimes you need to recharge and relax and that’s exactly what I plan on doing over the long weekend. I will have more travel posts coming soon, I promise =o) I’ve been so busy and haven’t had a time to put together a post I am confident to publish.

So here is to one more summer adventure before fall starts and St Lucia is just the place to escape and soak up the Caribbean sun!

How are you spending your last days of summer?

x the Adventurer


Three Years Ago in Montmartre

(View from my apartment in Montmartre)
As I begin to look for a new place to move into in Chicago, I have been learning about new neighborhoods and parts of Chicago I had never really explored. This moving experience reminded me of my semester abroad in Paris. Exactly three years ago this week, I landed in Paris and began my adventure in the city of lights. My new neighborhood I would be calling home was the beautiful Montmartre. Overlooking all of Paris, Montmartre is home to Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Amelie, and for four months moi.