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Nina Kokotas Hahn  🌎 Writer. Traveler. Adventurer. Chicago Made. 🏔 Outside at every chance. 👇 See me @CNTraveler @TravelandLeisure @ChicagoMag

I was with my mom on Sunday morning when she left this world for that extraordinary eternal life. To say I am crushed would be an understatement. There isn’t time or space enough to name all the things I will miss about her. She was the funnest person I have ever known, the strongest woman I have ever seen, an optimist and survivor no matter the day, a chef to best all others, the most remarkable grandma for at least six degrees. She had this twinkle in her eyes when she was up to no good, promising my children this boatload of candy or that movie way past their bedtime. And my kids adored her and were so at home in her embrace. I’m so grateful for this photo — there’s the light in her eyes, the warmth of her touch, the connection with my daughter, and that cruise sweatshirt advertising her favorite form of travel. And I’m so grateful to God for the whole journey with my beautiful mama, which showed me how to love her complete. Missing her to the moon and back, and until we meet again. ❤️

Having a lot of talks with God lately and he sent me a beautiful message this morning. @theresortatpawsup #montana #heavenonearth #heavensent #faith #rainbows #travelgram #traveller #adventurer #bluesky #pawsup

The look you give when you’re a French-trained chef who wins two James Beard Awards in one night, one of which is for your buzzy soul food restaurant in Seattle. Congrats Edouarado Jordan and @junebabysea for killer #jbfa wins! 🥂 👀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔝 See link to full story @cntraveler on the awards in profile #nomnom #jamesbeard #chefs

Reunion with one of my very first editors from way back @thetedallen #jbfa #jamesbeardawards @foodnetworkchopped #chopped

Remembering a really good day in the prettiest of places #throwbackthursday #galapagos ❤️🌊
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#galapagosislands #española #ecuador #adventure #solotravel #pacificocean #ringoffire #wildplanet #wildlife #keepitwild #protectourplanet #ispy #nazca #booby #islandfever #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelers #getoutside #travelersnotebook #messyhairdontcare

From the beach to skiing in less than 24 hours #onlyincalifornia 🌊⛷🙌
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#ski #powday #nobaddays #bluebird #powder #perfection #surftheearth #northlaketahoe @northstar_california #californialove #westcoast #california #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelers #springbreak #getoutside #travelersnotebook #ilovecalifornia

My superstars ❤️

Pacific coast: Always my happiest place.
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#californialove #westcoast #california #pismobeach #slocal #sanluisobispo #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelers #beach #springbreak #beachlife #getoutside #ocean #pacificbeach #travelersnotebook #ilovecalifornia

Get a sneak peek of the first proper hotel to hit Wrigleyville—and inspired by the original architect for the ballpark—one week before it opens @chicagomag @hotelzachary #cubswin ⚾️🐻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀
👆 Link in profile 👆
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#wrigleyfield @cubs #gocubsgo #flythew #new #hotel #travel #boutiquehotel #zacharytaylordavis #chicago #lakeview #wrigleyville #chicagocubs #travelgram #sneakpeek #history #architecture #ballpark @choosechicago

Pushing through ice in the Lemaire Channel was, hands down, the highlight of my trip to Antarctica. It was that moment when the surreal became magnificently real, when the wildness of everything on that continent and all that is at risk of being lost became truth. It was a feeling I’ve never had before. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀

I understood, and in large part because of the conversations I’d been having with Dr. James McClintock, the inspiring 30-year polar marine biologist that was leading our voyage. Here’s one of the things he said to me: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Antarctica has reinforced my sense of conviction to do something about educating the general public. Because every year I return, I see further effects of climate change and I’m further convinced that this is an imminent issue. This is something we need to think about now. It’s not for our grandchildren to deal with, but for us to deal with now. I can’t think of any place in the world you can go to get that reinforcement more strongly than Antarctica.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀
For more, see my story @cntraveler (link in profile 👆).
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#Antarctica #Antarctic #travel #traveldiaries #traveldeeper #iaato @antarctic_ambassadors @aktravel_usa @jim.mcclintock.311 #iphone8plus #glaciers #icebergs #wild #peace #itsamazingoutthere #beautiful #cruising #cruise #expedition #adventure #ecotourism #conservation #climatechange #saveouroceans #saveourplanet #maketravelcount

What’s it like to cruise to Antarctica? Follow my adventure @aktravel_usa now-Friday to find out more! 🐋❄️🐧 #instagramtakeover ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#instantarctica #aktravel #Antarctica #Antarctic #travel #explore #traveldiaries #traveldeeper #travelgram #iphone8plus #ocean #drakepassage #wild #keepitwild #expedition #luxury #climatechange #instavideo #ship #cruise #cruising #waves #adventure #penguin #whale #orca #humpbackwhale #elephantseals #animalgram @antarctic_ambassadors

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