Balabanova All Over


[Los Angeles, CA] I am 10 days out of my upcoming trip to Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and I am already thinking ahead of how to pack for 10 days worth of travel in temperatures ranging from 30F (0C) to 80F (26C). It seems like it snowed in Yellowstone today! YIKES! I found that I have to go to the National Weather Service for a decent forecast, as… Read More

[Sofia, Bulgaria] It is almost 7 am on Saturday, 9/6 here in Sofia. I’ve been awake for a little while now, and I gave up on the notion of sleeping in as my mind had already started working. I knew it was time to get up when I started thinking about what I’d write in this entry while lying in bed! Before I left for this trip, I went back and forth… Read More

[Los Angeles, CA] I haven’t even left for Lima yet, and I have witnessed something extraordinary already. This contains my luggage for the next 10 days (I can hear the collective gasps of all the women reading this). When I first showed this to my friend Monika, she said “You know, for me, this would just fit skincare.” I am surprised myself, honestly, that I was able to pack this light. To… Read More

[Los Angeles, CA] As part of my MBA program at Loyola Marymount University,  I am taking a class that involves a year-long research project and culminates in a three-week trip abroad. My team, Seal Team 8 (a nod to our professor’s name, Dr. Kala Seal) has chosen mobile payments as our topic. We are about to finalize our research by interviewing leading experts in the mobile payments industry in Singapore, India and Hong Kong. We leave in… Read More