This may look like Antartica, but it's not. This is Chicago, which, in the winter, is North America's version of Antartica.

Kristina Francisco has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. Once, she quit her job to live in Barcelona so she could learn Spanish — she now has the skills of a 4-year-old who can only speak in the present tense. 

Her family is from the Philippines but came to the States in the '70s. She was born and raised in Hawai'i, went to President Obama's rival high school, and left the islands to get her journalism degree from Northwestern University. While there, she saw leaves changing and snow falling for the first time. She has been a part of the Medill Innocence Project, interned at Newsweek, recorded essays for WBEZ, and spent most of her freelance journalism career with Venus Zine as an editor. 

She's come back to writing after moving to New York a few years ago. Her recent work has appeared in The New York Times. She is working on a novel.