About Us

The couple: Juan Pablo Melo and Laura Vlieg. The blog: Couple Takes tells the narrative of Laura and Juan Pablo’s adventures together and apart as they work, live, and play in different parts of the world. The posts: many blog posts will address the same destination from both Juan Pablo and Laura’s perspectives, and will highlight the sights, smells, sounds, and flavors that stand out to each as they reflect on travel and life. The goal: to provide interesting accounts of cities throughout the world and give travel and culinary tips along the way.

More about Laura

Laura is a research librarian and assistant professor in the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After practicing law for a short time, Laura realized she preferred the academic world, and decided to make the library her permanent office. She has lived in Grand Rapids, MI, Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Williamsburg, VA, Tucson, AZ, and now resides in Las Vegas, NV. She loves making friends everywhere her life and travels take her, and laughs louder and longer than propriety usually allows. Her dearest dream is to drink wine on every continent (including Antarctica, where she’d prefer the wine to be mulled).

More about Juan Pablo

Juan Pablo is a PhD student in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. His research concerns urbanism in Latin America and around the world. He has lived in Bogota, Colombia and the Washington DC area for most of his life, but is currently living in California while he pursues his studies. He enjoys bringing together his academic interests with his constant curiosity for what the world holds. His dearest dream is to cycle on every continent (except maybe Antarctica, where he’d prefer to visit on two feet).