This afternoon I bumped into Angie looking at one of the information boards in the hostel and asked her if she'd like to be interviewed for the Traveler Spotlight today. I'm so glad I bumped into Angie because I really enjoyed getting to know her and her story.
Angie is originally from Colorado but is currently living in Hawaii for her job with a Christian based international volunteer organization called Youth With a Mission. With the organization Angie has traveled to numerous countries including Thailand, Philippines, and South Africa. She recently was at a program in Toronto, Canada and decided to stop in Chicago before heading home to see her family and friends in Colorado for the first time in over two years.
She told me one of the main reasons why she wanted to visit Chicago was to attend a performance at the Joffrey Ballet. She saw their current production "Winter Fire" and was very impressed with the dance skills of the performers. Tonight she has plans to go to Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Club and tomorrow wants to check out the Old Town School of Folk Music in one of the neighborhoods of Chicago.
Angie also explained that she's stayed in numerous hostels throughout her travels and found HI-Chicago to be very impressive. She enjoyed meeting fellow travelers in the lounge, the information posted around the hostel with suggestions of fun things to do in the area, and our MLK Mural Competition still on display.
We wish you safe travels home and hope you enjoy your time with family and friends!
Interview by Kim Pitingolo