travel

The Colorado River of Texas [Austin, TX]

While spending some time at home in San Antonio, Texas, I got to venture up to Austin for an evening of Stubb's BBQ and watching bats fly out from underneath the Congress Bridge.  While waiting for the nightly exodus, I went for a wander around the parks to look at all the people out of the Colorado River of Texas (did you know there was a second Colorado River?  I sure didn't).  I always thought I would get into kayaking or canoeing when I graduated college and live somewhere like Austin where I could casually play in the water al the time... and then I moved to Chicago and sold my car.  Maybe next time.  Or maybe I should buy that foldable kayak I found that transforms into a giant portfolio and strap that on my bike on my way to Lake Michigan.. 

Pilsen for "Why So Red?"

I recently was asked by the blog "Why So Red?"  to do some collaborating, featuring the different parts of Chicago with Eastern European influences.  Whether architecture, restaurants, or just a good shop full of all your Balkin needs.. we will be working on finding them.  It will be a series of adventures and pierogis.  The first neighborhood we featured was Pilsen, named after the Czech town of Plzen.  Here we mainly focused on the handful of churches with various influences and Dvork Park in the southwest neighborhood in Chicago.  To read more, please visit the blog post.. but here are a handful of images, some not posted on the blog.