Author Archive: Jackie Koester

Adventura is Jackie’s second middle name. Originally a farm girl from the great state of Kansas, after traveling throughout Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador, one could say she’s caught the Spanish influenza. Currently residing in Madrid working as an English Professor and taking clown classes at night, Jackie’s expertise in intellect remains to be heard, but her experience in travel is extremely diverse. Watch out Europe and Africa. Jackie plans to reverse colonize you.

Jackie graduated with a BA in Theatre Peformance and a BA in Spanish from the University of Kansas. She's road tripped across half of the United States by herself to live in Washington D.C. and Chicago, where she worked for several theatres and casting agencies. In her spare time, Jackie's favorite thing to do is eat jamón (ham). #jamon

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17 Ways to Entertain Yourself on a 17 Hour Bus Ride

17 Ways to Entertain Yourself on a 17 Hour Bus Ride

[ 0 ] February 5, 2014 |

17. Count how many combo strip clubs and furniture stores you see along the highway. 16. Contemplate how many times you have to hear the movistar ringtone before you finally snap and cause someone physical harm. 15. Play the actor name game by yourself. 14. Memorize the American Presidents. 13. If you have time, memorize […]

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20 Traits That Make a Truly Terrible Travel Partner

20 Traits That Make a Truly Terrible Travel Partner

[ 0 ] February 5, 2014 |

20. Someone who abandons you in one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America. 19. Someone who gags at the sight of a cow eye and is not willing to take a nibble of said country’s delicacy. 18. Someone who faints in an outdoor open air market because ‘it smells like fish.’ 17. Someone […]

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20 Traits That Make the Perfect Travel Partner

20 Traits That Make the Perfect Travel Partner

[ 0 ] January 20, 2014 |

Someone who is not afraid to sleep at a one dollar hostel. Someone who will eat grasshoppers without batting an eyelash. Or gagging. Actually, someone who will go back for seconds. Someone you do not have the urge to get sexual with so each of you can get frisky with as many exotic foreigners that […]

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Canary Islands: Tenerife’s Tourist’s Internal War: The North vs. The South

Canary Islands: Tenerife’s Tourist’s Internal War: The North vs. The South

[ 0 ] January 20, 2014 |

No matter how many people gazed upon her black beauty, the waves of El Bollullo crashed into the granite colored sand, smooth than strong, smooth than strong, ever constant, never-changing.  El Bollullo is a natural beach still untouched by the developments of man, resting on the largest of the seven Canary Islands, just outside of […]

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Madrid’s Punctual Public Transportation System for Unpunctual Madrileños

Madrid’s Punctual Public Transportation System for Unpunctual Madrileños

[ 0 ] December 15, 2013 |

No. Spanish old lady, I do plan to remain sitting on this metro seat eating my Tex-Mex Doritos that taste exactly like original Doritos. Please keep giving me the death stare. I feel no remorse not relinquishing my seat to you. Spanish old ladies are not only slow movers, but they have also mistaken the […]

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Roam in Ravenswood, Carl Sandburg’s Hood

Roam in Ravenswood, Carl Sandburg’s Hood

[ 0 ] November 20, 2013 |

If one more cab driver tells me I live in the same neighborhood as Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, I may purposely vomit in their taxi and not pay the 50 dollar fine. Yes, mayor Rahm Emanuel “supposedly” lives in Ravenswood. One day, he even boarded the same train as me at the Montrose stop. He […]

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10 Chicago Trends for Untrendy People

10 Chicago Trends for Untrendy People

[ 0 ] November 7, 2013 |

I once knew a girl named Teresa who decided to have everyone call her Trendy, which is a bit ballsy if you ask me. Luckily, she was in fact pretty damn trendy, I begrudgingly must admit, with her short-cropped burgundy hair, nose piercing, and effortless knowledge regarding theatre and obscure European electronic bands.  But what […]

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Chicago Water Taxi to Chinatown: A Waterway Whisk Away

Chicago Water Taxi to Chinatown: A Waterway Whisk Away

[ 0 ] October 28, 2013 |

I don’t want you to think I’m another young woman obsessed with love and relationships. But I am. Let’s cut to the chase: many a Hollywood movie has exploited the theme that “no matter how cool your life may be, if ya ain’t sharing it with someone, it’s pointless.” Yeah, yeah. Friends and family help alleviate […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Chicago’s Notorious Theatre Scene

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Chicago’s Notorious Theatre Scene

[ 0 ] October 22, 2013 |

Chicago: where all the funny people go to become even funnier and be discovered for fame and fortune. This is a stressful career track for these actors, but a traveler’s inexpensive dream. The amount of comedic and theatrical venues, overflowing with opportunities to see the next Tina Fey or Bill Murray onstage at an extremely […]

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Ecueydor: The Day I Ate a Family Pet

Ecueydor: The Day I Ate a Family Pet

[ 0 ] October 21, 2013 |

If you have a queasy stomach, it is probably best you quit reading right about…now.  My food memories of Ecuador are few. In fact, only one meal of my fourteen-day backpacking tour has truly stuck with me: the day I ate a family pet. I spent the last day of my tour of Ecuador with […]

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