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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago March 19th 2013

My trip and visit with Joan to Chicago was a lot of fun. We shopped every day and went out every night. We saw the plays Million Dollar Quartet and Hit Rock and Roll Musical at the Appollo Theatre, went to Second City Comedy and the Musical Girls Night Musical. We went to a jazz club called the Back Room after the Girls Night Musical and listened to some really good jazz. We ate an amazing amount of food and much exercise will be required to get back to my normal weight but worth every bit of it. We bought the same pants because we liked them so much and had a fun photo session, pictures of which I'm not sure if I'll be able to post - not because of their content but where they ... read more
Joan in Downtown Chicago
Building Near University Area

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago February 11th 2013

Right now, I am sitting in the International terminal at Chicago O'Hare, waiting for the first flight to start off my Parisian adventures. I'll be flying to Copenhagen and then on to Paris, where I will arrive tomorrow evening. Getting all packed up to leave and saying all my goodbyes has been hard and tiring, but I am excited and looking forward to getting to know my new home for the next 4 months! Next time I post, I'll be in France :)... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 31st 2013

Hey y'all, Aaron here, hosting my cousin Karl on his way to Canadian enlightnenment. Good chit chats, chess, go, some beer drinking and whatnot. I just hope for their sake those monks aren't afraid of corporal punishment. Ah, I remember it well, like it was yesterday... Election night 2004. Southern China. Price of tea $0.25. Bush v. Kerry as yet undetermined. Delivery of my interactive lecture on spoken English progressing nicely that evening, prepared material inevitably completed with over a half hour remaining of the 2.5 hour class and a room full of eager learners gazing back at me. So, what do you think of the election, I says. No reply. Don't you guys have an opinion? Finally one particularly stoic Sino student, clearly groomed for the military, chimes in, 'We are Communist, so we don't ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 30th 2013

Hi friends, I am in Chicago and visiting my cousin Aaron. Pretty tired but thought I would check in and let you know how I am doing. I have made the reference to the book The Last Hurrah because this is almost what it feels like: my last hurrah. I am experiencing each moment anew and going with the flow with whatever is presented to me. The counter culture of America that may not really be so counter. Anyways I am attracting all of this right? via vibration. Some part of me wants to experience all this and others want to share it. So why not? What a grand adventure! I love puzzles and good food. Thank you Adam and Christine. As for Shawn and Heather, we'll, you read the last two messages! And my send-off ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 7th 2013

I remember stepping onto the train and looking for a seat. I knew I had to be strategic about this decision. After all, I'd be sitting next to this person for the next few hours. I made a quick scan of the back of heads trying to determine which one held the brain of the person I'd like to talk to. I tend to gravitate toward the out of place, seemingly lonely, foreign or extremely over or under dressed person. They have the most interesting stories. To my left I noticed a young black man starring blankly out of the widow, wearing a black hoodie pulled over his head and hiding most of his face. The way he sat curled in his seat it was if he was almost hiding from something. “Do you mind if ... read more


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

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