Author Archives | Katie Aune

About Katie Aune

A longtime Chicago resident, Katie recently spent 13 months traveling and volunteering in the former Soviet Union - a journey that included running a marathon in Estonia, traveling the length of the Trans-Siberian Railway, teaching English in Russia and Tajikistan, volunteering with the national tourism board of Armenia, living with local families in Azerbaijan, and trying her best to speak Russian on a daily basis. You can read more about her adventures on or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

Exploring Tallinn Beyond the Walls of Old Town

Pirita convent

While the charming Old Town is undeniably the highlight of a visit to Tallinn, there is a lot to see elsewhere in the city as well. Kadriorg Park and the Cultural Kilometre are a long walk or short bus ride away and the Estonian Open Air Museum, the Tallinn Zoo and the Pirita Convent are […]

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October 2, 2013 by | Comments Off on Exploring Tallinn Beyond the Walls of Old Town

Day Trips from Vilnius


In a country the size of Lithuania, almost any place could make a good day trip from the capital, Vilnius. While Vilnius sits near Lithuania’s western border with Belarus, you can get to Klaipeda on the shores of the Baltic Sea in around 3 hours by car or 4 hours by train or bus. There […]

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September 12, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Marathons to Run Around the World

New York City Marathon

There’s nothing like the experience of running your first marathon – the pre-race jitters, the mid-race creeping doubt and, finally, the post-race jubilation. But once you have that first marathon under your belt, you may be looking for an additional challenge. So why not hit the road? Running a marathon in unfamiliar territory can be […]

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June 7, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Touring the Windy City from Above on a Chicago Helicopter Tour

Chicago helicopter tour

I’ve explored the Windy City from plenty of angles: often on foot, sometimes by boat, but never before from the air. To say that touring Chicago by helicopter provides a different perspective would be a huge understatement. Taking off from Midway Airport, located to the southwest of the city, I immediately developed a new appreciation […]

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March 14, 2013 by | Comments Off on Touring the Windy City from Above on a Chicago Helicopter Tour

Best US Cities for Sports Lovers

Remington Park

What makes a city a great sports city? It could be the rabid, loyal fans who sell out every home game, the presence of pro teams in all four major sports, the historic stadium that is a must-see on every out-of-towner’s agenda or it could even be that the city hosts a variety of sporting […]

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January 30, 2013 by | Comments Off on Best US Cities for Sports Lovers