I love to travel, visiting and learning from new cultures, meeting new people, enjoying various cuisines, and experiencing new places. I have long been interested in art and architecture and have taken several trips with art and language clubs. It's always incredible to see famous works in person! I've been lucky enough to visit several places within the USA as well as Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, and Hungary. I only hope that this list continues to grow and am thankful that because of mathematics, I have gotten to see several places I might not have seen otherwise.
When I was younger, we used to have a HUGE garden on our farm. I always enjoyed planting the flowers and veggies but wasn't so great at pulling weeds. Now that I have my own home with raised beds (and fewer weeds), I really love gardening! It is so satisfying making a fresh batch of pesto or a grilled vegetable salad with produce that I planted, cared for, and raised from start to finish. I've learned that Minnesota is an excellent place to grow things!
Picture of produce from my garden and my jungle of a front yard.
One of my favorite summer activities is hiking. While in graduate school, I lived in Colorado which provided easy access to beautiful trails in the Colorado Rockies. In 2009, on a casual hike to Horsetooth Rock--our most frequent hiking destination--my then boyfriend of several years set up the camera to take a picture of us, ran over to me, got down on one knee, and proposed! We still "hike" in Minnesota, but it is not quite the same.