Where in the World Are You, Elyse Franko?

Travel Blog  •  Elyse Franko  •  06.05.08 | 3:57 PM ET

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The subject of our latest up-to-the-minute interview with a traveler somewhere in the world: new World Hum intern Elyse Franko. She just typed this up in the office.

Where in the World Are You?

In the Asia Conference Room (aka the Intern Tank) of Travel Channel’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

What are you doing there?

Right now, reading submissions and coming up with blog ideas for World Hum. But I’ve been living and studying in D.C. since 2004. I just graduated from American University with a B.A. in Foreign Language and Communication Media (translation: interdisciplinary degree in print journalism and German language).

What do you see around you?

White walls; a big-screen television (off); notepads; paper coffee cups; several other interns typing on their computers, battling with video editing and discussing bad Travel Channel show pitches. 

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What did you have last night for dinner, and where?

I wish I could say that I ate Iskender kebap at Café Divan, a fantastic Turkish restaurant in upper Georgetown. But the real answer is: tuna salad on an English muffin with a side of string cheese, at my house. I may have graduated, but I still eat like a poor college student.

What are you listening to these days?

Vampire Weekend and Apes & Androids—apparently the current musical staples of New York hipsters. Otherwise I listen mostly to my old favorites: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manu Chao, Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age.

What are you reading?

“The Black Book” by Orhan Pamuk, which is proving to be just as fabulous as the other Pamuk books I’ve read (“Snow” and “My Name is Red”). I just finished “Life is Elsewhere” by Milan Kundera and will soon move on to “Prague” by Arthur Phillips.

What did you experience in the last 24 hours that you’d recommend?

Most of my daytime hours were spent interning at World Hum (which is, of course, recommendable), but I also had a Turkish language lesson. I really love D.C. because it offers countless opportunities to learn languages and to meet people from just about anywhere you could imagine.

Where in the world are you headed next?

Well, I’m heading home to Long Island (or “Lawn Guyland,” in the native tongue) for the weekend after work tomorrow. More exciting travels will commence in September when I move to Vienna, Austria, to teach English for nine months.


Elyse Franko is a Long Island native, a graduate of the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., and a former World Hum intern. During her time at university, she wrote and edited for several campus publications and fostered her love for traveling by spending time abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany. She currently works as a teaching assistant in Vienna, Austria.


2 Comments for Where in the World Are You, Elyse Franko?

Christopher Abel 06.07.08 | 12:43 AM ET

Elyse Franko is a cool chick.

Kathy Fleming 08.23.08 | 1:59 PM ET

I am jealous of Elyse Franko.  She almost makes me regret moving away from D.C.  Almost.

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