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Katie Aune
A longtime Chicago resident, Katie Aune 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. She is now back in Chicago working as the director of alumni engagement for a law school while dreaming of her next overseas adventure. You can read more on or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

Entries by Katie Aune

Visiting the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

(7) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:01 AM

Arriving in the Republic of Georgia for the first time, I was greeted warmly, "America! Welcome! You are always welcome in Georgia!" One night later, I was on an overnight train from Batumi to the capital, Tbilisi, drinking cognac with three Georgians and toasting to International Women's Day. Before the...

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How to Save Money to Travel the World

(22) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 4:47 PM

What if you could quit your job and travel the world? If it sounds crazy, that's because it kind of is. But it is also something that more and more Americans are doing as they grow tired of the daily grind and decide to ditch everything to travel instead. That...

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