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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 27th 2014

On July 23, 2014, I walked out of the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago with a bag of money. The Federal Reserve doesn't make loans or take deposits from individuals, but they gave me money anyhow. I smiled at the guard as I walked out; stay with me and I’ll tell you how you can do the same thing. The Federal Reserve is responsible for the monetary system of the United States. They design and print our money, they set interest rates, they regulate financial institutions, and they function as a bank for the nation’s banks. The integrity of the country’s financial system depends on the Federal Reserve System. There are twelve branches of the Federal Reserve around the US. One of those branches is in Chicago, and just off the lobby is the Money Museum. ... read more
Federal Reserve Building
The Grand Watermelon
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 15th 2014

In my first year as cabin crew I think I ventured to Chicago almost every month. One month I actually went four times in a row. Was just such a nice trip. I normally prefer heading east to the likes of japan and Singapore but when it comes to America there is just something about Chicago. Such a great city. So I was so excited to be heading back on a trip after almost two years having not been there. We only get about 24hours there, so it is just a nightstop. One of my good friends from work, James, was on it and I knew couple other people which was good. We got to hotel about 8pm. We stay right on Michigan Avenue which is just so amazing and right in the heart of it ... read more
Driving into the city
The first ever McDonald's
View from room window

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 14th 2014

My travels may have come to an end a week ago, but my blog is just wrapping up now. Between recovering from jetlag, spending my only week at home with my family, and moving my life down to Chicago to start work tomorrow, the blog just got a bit delayed. My apologies to my avid readers, but pretend that the quality of this post is that much greater because I’ve had a week to distill my experiences (see, I can even convince myself). Since posting last, I closed out my trip by visiting Istanbul, the Greek island of Chios, and Athens. For those who are geographically inclined, my route for the latter half of my trip was basically a clockwise semicircle from the UK to Athens. The plane tickets for this leg weren’t the cheapest, but ... read more
Haggia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Interior
Hagia Sophia Mosaics

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 11th 2014

St-Joseph, Michigan, 11 juillet Ces trois jours passés dans la grande cité du Mid-West furent fantastiques! Avec ses 8 millions d'habitants, l'agglomération urbaine de Chicago est la troisième en importance aux États-Unis (derrière New-York et Los Angeles) mais l'éternelle rivale de la Grosse Pomme, d'où son surnom. On l'appelle aussi «the windy city» en raison des conditions climatiques que favorisent la proximité du lac Michigan. Pour ma part, c'est surtout son impressionnante architecture et ses gratte-ciels à vous tordre le cou qui m'impressionnent ici. Depuis plus d'un siècle, les bâtisseurs de ces cathédrales modernes ont rivalisé d'imagination pour édifier ces tours qui défient la gravité! Ma préférée, et de loin, la Chicago Tribune tower et sa cathédrale gothique juchée à son sommet! La vue depuis la tour du Hancock Center est ahurissante, vous verrez,... read more
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois

North America » United States » Illinois July 9th 2014

Zion, Illinois, 8 juillet En traversant le verdoyant Wisconsin, j’ai croisé bon nombre de chevreuils, tant morts que vivants. Ça m’a tellement rappelé l’Australie et ses kangourous, tant la parenté entre les deux espèces est frappante à certains égards… Après la baie Georgienne du lac Huron et le gigantesque lac Supérieur, j’atteignis donc les rives du lac Michigan et la ville de Green Bay. Découverte par Jean Nicolet au milieu du 17e siècle et baptisée alors «Baie des Puants» (les Puants étant une nation amérindienne!), cette petite agglomération d’à peine 100 000 habitants carbure au football et ses bien aimés Packers! Cette équipe constitue sans aucun doute un ovni dans le monde du sport professionnel, car elle est la seule à être la propriété de ses fans, selon une formule coopérative. La fierté de la population ... read more
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Two rivers, Wisconsin

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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 4th 2014

FINAL PAGE Friday 4th July HAPPY 4TH JULY EVERYONE :) a public holiday here of course and 150,000 people including ourselves travel to the Navy Pier in Chicago. We take the shuttle from our hotel and then catch the train, not entirely sure where to get off we alight a couple of stops too early but eventually find a trolley bus going straight to the Navy Pier. We meet up with my brother Andrew and meet his girlfriend Cheryl for the first time, they both live in Indiana and have come in on the train for the weekend. We all stroll along the 3,300 foot pier which is at the edge of Lake Michigan and on to Millenium Park. The architecture is impressive, including the Trump Tower and the gardens are spectacular, there are lots of ... read more
Millenium Park
 Chicago at night
Chicago

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 1st 2014

I wasn't going to write another blog but this traveling home business is worthy of something. We began at 430 in the morning in Cork. Were kindly driven to the airport for our 635am flight. Thankfully took off on time. We took the Stansted Express to the middle of London & the underground to Heathrow. We had to 'mind the gap' a few times as we changed lines & trains. The guy at the Stansted ticket desk wasn't kidding. Took ~2hrs total.our flight to Chicago was delayed because the plane didn't arrive on time. The flight itself was mostly uneventful. I don't know how I got lucky enough to be right smack dab in the middle of the 5 person row. Wasn't as bad as I thought as I could choose which side I wanted food/drinks ... read more
Salad for dinner
Required delay drink. It was kinda weak.
Crazy storm

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 21st 2014

Well it’s been one week of training here in Chicago. For those of you unfamiliar with the happenings, the program I am in is called GESI. Global Engagement something something. It is a program based at Northwestern University that revolves around connecting students to real communities in the world that are being assisted by NGOs. We work for those NGOs and in turn learn about working in development. My program has me in Chicago this week, then I am in India for eight weeks, then I return home for three days to report on my findings (or sneak out and steal a car to drive back to my girlfriend). So I actually have a lot to cover on this blog. This will be my last report in America! But I feel this is a good time ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 18th 2014

Started out by trying to find my cat for a half hour so I could get him situated before I left. Ran a couple errands, picked up Katie, quick stop to see Grandpa and we were on our way! Chicago's flights were grounded due to weather & ended up getting delayed. Finally got out to O'Hare. Then we had to wait for a gate to open & by the time we got to our next gate, we were boarding! Much nicer sitting in a large plane. We arrive in London early tomorrow & have a handful of hours to switch airports, then onto Madrid! I am very proud to say I have a backpack and small tote bag for two weeks. Room to shop! Looking forward to reading my airport book-Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, watching the ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 17th 2014

Today (the 16th) was the first day of the GESI program. I awoke around 10:30 am in the hotel my dad had dropped me off the day before. While I wasn't able to get my dad a nice gift for Father's Day, it was very nice to have a nice drive together to Chicago (which was spent listening to podcasts about India that we got to talk about) So I spent my Sunday walking around the city. I figured I had seen most of the city in previous trips anyways and wouldn't stay out for long. But I began to hear a lot of music and walked to it. I ended up stumbling across the local Blues Jazz Festival! Listening to some brilliant musicians was a great w... read more
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