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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago December 27th 2012

The excitement of November 6th, 2012- the energy, the atmosphere, the creed that better days are always ahead of us- has stirred up emotions dormant since 2008. Feelings that one leader elected by an energetic and hopeful nation can stir up. Reflecting on exactly what he said: We are the Obama generation. This election, as was stated in 2008, is not really about the President. It is not about the remarkable story of one freshman Illinois senator who catapulted his way to victory because he can rock a speech. It is because there really is “something happening” in America, something has been waiting to be stirred for a very long time. Just like for every innovator, creator, artist, and scientist, there is a passionate fire that exists in the souls of every individual. A passion that ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago December 25th 2012

Only 20 hours on a train this trip with 1 overnight. Same arrangement with a tiny sleeper cabin, although the menu was slightly different which caught us out having left our specs in the cabin. Chicago is a city of skyscrapers, boasts the first one built in the US and, until recently, the tallest. It had a great feel to it and we had some wonderful food. Our hotel was close to a cinema so we went to see the Hobbit. We overheard a conversation between a group of teenagers who had obviously set out to see a movie but had not decided which. One of them said "let's watch the Hobbit" and another said "...but it's 3 hours long". Just goes to prove that, as a youngster, attention span is limited whereas, to quote Louis ... read more
Chicago skyline
Chicago water tower
Museum of crime and punishment

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago December 7th 2012

Well, what's done is done: Job, check. Visa, check. Plane ticket, check. At this point, I have to go or I pay Disney a LOT of money to not go... I'm thinkin' I'm going! :) You know, I have to say (and I apologize if this embarrasses anyone)... it never fails to amaze me, the power of leaving. Leaving is a miraculous choice that may seem to have an awful lot of drawbacks, but those are significantly balanced out by the remarkable benefits. For one, leaving has given me a number of outstanding opportunities and experiences: jobs, cultures, friendships, food... mm... food. For another, if there's one thing I've learned, it's that people tend to take advantage of your existence until you are leaving. Don't get me wrong, I am equally as guilty of this. But, ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago December 4th 2012

With nine days to go before my tentatively-set departure, I am actually two days from the point of no return. My visa application has been submitted to be picked up on Thursday, so it’s really just another game of hurry up and wait. Meanwhile, I’ve been feverishly studying Mandarin via Rosetta Stone… but I still can’t figure out how “一只狗大” (“a large dog!”) is ever going to help me survive. Except maybe in that very particular situation wherein I am ironically being chased and/or consumed by a large dog. It could happen. The process of language acquisition indeed continues to be an enigma. Anyway, I understand that there continues to be issues with subscriptions to this here blog. That’s part of the point of this update: I’d like to make sure those get cleared up before ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago November 26th 2012

So, we have a week pretty much in Chicago. We have been a few times before so don't intend on visiting places that we have already seen (with the exception of the art museum). Geoff is conferencing and I am planning on meeting up with a friend from Massachusetts as well as some shopping and a few sights. In a nutshell; Shopping Chicago, like most of the US is great for shopping compared to Australia. Firstly, the range is outstanding, secondly, you actually get pleasant and helpful assistants, and lastly, the prices can often run at 40 % of those in Australia. Xmas time is amazing, the stores are beautifully decorated as are the streets. The sales are also pretty incredible. We are within a very easy walk of the State St precinct so we have ... read more
Urban Sculpture
Heading up to Mag Mile
Christmas

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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago November 25th 2012

Day 1 Chicago We wake up in our apartment- 8E Randolph, 29th floor. It is right in The Loop in the downtown area; 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry, kitchen and lounge, amazing views of Lake Michigan out to Navy Pier and of the city including the Willis Tower (was the Sears Tower). It is next to the Joffrey Ballet and almost on the corner of State St and we have views of the giant xmas tree and the German xmas market. We rented it 3 years ago and were really happy so got it again for about $300/night + cleaning - way better value than 2 hotel rooms. Sunday Walk commences after breakfast- since our last visit a Walgreens Supermarket has opened up right next door so we stocked up on breakfast food, tea, milk, etc ... read more
Wildlife
Stairs down to Lakeshore
Leaf

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago November 14th 2012

This is a test and a warning all wrapped into one! As most of you are aware, I am China-bound in just under a month. Details to follow! However, I wanted to give out a head's up that I am going to kick-start the old blog again. At this point, if you would like to unsubscribe, please feel free to do so! Otherwise, if you could send me a note - either to my email, or via this blog post - letting me know that I have the correct email address for you, that would be much appreciated! If you would like to know more, by all means - feel free to keep reading!! On December 12, 2012 (as a student that I work with so elatedly announced today: "Oh my goodness! That will be 12/12/12!!”) ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago November 2nd 2012

Good mornin’ America, how are you? Don’t you know me? I’m your native son. I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans I’ll be gone 500 miles when the day is done We closed last night with a bumpy ride. In darkness we whizzed by Memphis, Fulton KY, Carbondale Ill, Champaign-Urbana Ill, and a host of unknown rail fronting towns. Night time on the city of New Orleans Changin’ cars in Memphis, Tennessee Halfway home, we’ll be there by mornin’ I woke up to the clickity-clack and the pleasant rocking motion of our train. The sun, peeking over the mowed fields of wheat, was doing its best to color the sky. Passing lonely farm houses, you have to wonder how people stay in touch. Then you realize why Midwesterners have the reputation of bein ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago October 31st 2012

After our amazing meal last night, we're taking it easy today - or at least that was the plan. Took our time getting ready - Room 76 is quite comfortable - and head out to meet Cousin Kim in Greektown for lunch. We land at The Parthenon on Halsted and proceed to order too much food starting with Saganaki (Flaming Cheese) for Sweetie and Cousin and Kefides (Meatballs) for AHole. If you could have seen the giddiness in the girls' eyes as the cheese arrived... Wisconsin girls like their cheese (cheese on fire...what could be better?). The cheese is really good and the meatballs have wonderful flavor served with sauteed onions. We all decide on gyros for lunch and they are good, not great. The gyros come with a good Greek Salad and Egg Lemon Soup ... read more
Lakeshore Drive - A little Choppy
More Lakeshore
One of our favorite places

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago October 30th 2012

Up and at 'em for the last leg of our trip! Our hosts, the Kellys have coffee and hot tea ready and waiting for us followed by an amazing breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy. Miss Wendy is giving Asshole a run for his money with her pulled pork, bruschetta and now this gravy - all so good! We have some logistics to take care of which include shipping home a box of souvenirs. We head to a UPS store in Indian Head Park and guess what, we're back on Route 66! Too cool - we make plans to try and get to the start in Chicago while we're in town. It's cold and windy and cloudy and we can't figure out what to do. All AHole wants is Chinese food... Fortunately, Sweetie strikes again with ... read more
Upstairs at L & E
Room 76
Bathroom 76




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