hello! my name is maria. i was born in buffalo, new york, but have called chicago home for over 10 years. in school i studied art, psychology, international relations, and public policy. now i am working in world affairs, designing educational and cultural exchange programs for emerging leaders and young people coming to chicago. i love to share this amazing city with international visitors nearly as much as i love to wander through new places, near and far. a good friend once called me a "universal soul," as i manage to find kindred spirits in just about every corner of the world.
"i haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."