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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 11th 2007

Well, I'm in Chicago, in Dave and Jon (high school friends of Jeff's)'s apartment, after spending the last two days running around like a decapitated chicken (yeah I know, cliche, but it's really pretty accurate). Jeff & I have been scrambling to get ready for weeks now, but the last two days have been insane... People coming and going constantly, taking furniture and odds and ends, both of us trying to sell our cars and all our furniture and electronics while getting all the meds, clothes, and other assorted gear we need for 8 months and somehow cramming it into two backpacks. We spent all day today trying to make a 6:30 p.m. bus to Chicago, and made it to the bus stop at 6:26 (thanks VERY much to my dad for hauling the last of ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 10th 2007

Well it's been two weeks since I left sunny Melbourne, and in this short time I have already worked out one thing. I could NEVER live in any city where 0 degrees Celsius is considered a warm day! I don't know how these native Chicagoans do it, going about their business in such temperatures on a daily basis, but fortunately I don't need to stick around to find out as I leave for Mexico on Sunday. But don't get me wrong. Apart from the weather, Chicago is beautiful. It reminds me of Melbourne in many ways but on a much grander scale. A much, much grander scale. Because seriously, Chicago is huge. I don't think I'll even begin to scratch the surface of what this city has to offer by the time my two weeks are ... read more
So much time......
Partying LA style
A snippet of Chicago

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 9th 2007

I have purchased all of my flights and am preparing for a Feb 14th departure to Lima, Peru! Until then I'll be finishing my thesis! Only 5 weeks until I leave! Steph... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 6th 2007

Here is a very long story of how I got from Madurai India to Chicago Illinois where I am sitting now The first step in the process was flying from Madurai, through Chennai to Delhi. This process went fairly smoothly, with a slight delay. As I arrived at the Delhi airport I rushed through check-in, which was sucessful. I even got a chance to talk to a girl who had worked at an orphanage in Kathmandu for 5 days of a 5 month period (she was really overwhelmed). Anyway, I got onto the airplane and buckled in. The previous day many flights had gotten delayed or cancelled due to dense fog, so I was worried the same thing would happen to me. While at the airport it looked like it was all going to work, we ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 5th 2007

Chinese history, anyone? Have to be quick, since I didn't bring my laptop (the 747 does not have power ports) and access at O'Hare is costing me $5 per 15 minutes. Ugh. A frantic, horrible rush to finish packing, as usual, but compartmentalizing everything into zip-up plastic bags made loading up the luggage so simple. I was skeptical, this morning at RDU when I turned my bag over to the United Airlines folks. They take care of it all the way to Hong Kong, then turn it over to Cathay Pacific for the final leg to Manila. I am concerned, to say the least, about the luggage making it to Manila with me, given the change of hands that will have to take place. I can't even check in to my Hong Kong--Manila flight until I ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 3rd 2007

I am back in Itasca safe and sound. At first I was only annoyed by the waiting at the airport and so forth. Then I was sleepy on the plane. Then at some point I became overwhelmed and broke down, crying uncontrollably at the idea of not going back to Guadalajara or seeing Wendy for a long long time. Now I'm just feeling tired and worn out and pissed that I have to go to work tomorrow. But enough of the bad things... let me talk about Tlaquepaque and the fun times. So, Tlaquepaque is a suburb of Guadalajara, about 25 minutes from the Centro by bus. On the bus I met this guy Carlos, who talked to me in English using the F word a LOT about how cool mexico was and how great everyone ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago December 29th 2006

I'm writing this just to get a feel for the setup of this site. If somebody wants to be emailed when I write an entry, or if you want to be taken off the mailing list, my email is "". Here are some pictures ... read more
Our Tower

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago December 23rd 2006

Getting up at 4:30 on a chilly winter morning isn’t exactly our idea of fun. If it is , however, a question of catching a flight to meet some of our famous oops ! favorite relatives - well that’s a whole other ballgame . Newark - Pittsburgh - O’Hare, we land in Chicago around 2 p.m. fretting that our tickets said 1:15 and Bubul Di (cousin with whom we’re staying , yes I know we’re awfully lucky to have relatives who live in great places ;-) ) would be waiting for over an hr . Then we realize Chicago is on central time which is 1 hr behind New York so its only 1 p.m locally! Bubul Di wastes no time in starting our sight-seeing tour as she takes us to some scenic places on the ... read more
Outside the Shedd
Chicago skyline
from L to R : Kevin, Himu da, Bubul Di, Sanjit

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago December 21st 2006

Well this is the official start of my blog. I am creating this to keep all of my friends and family up to date while I begin my extensive travel this spring and summer. As most of you know, I was originally planning to spend my fall studying abroad in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Unfortunately, I am not able to give up an entire semester at school to do so. So, over the past week I have been looking into other programs offered during the summer. I have decided that I am going to study abroad in Cambodia for two months this summer. My group will be based in Siem Reap, but we will be taking many trips to places like Phnom Penh, Battambang, and neighboring Laos. I plan to travel to Thailand while I am over ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago December 17th 2006

Alright! With some luck, some time off work, and a perhaps hasty purchase of a roundtrip flight to Guadalajara, I'm locked into and looking forward to my first personal excursion out into the world. I'm proud to be taking care of all the preparations myself, but I'm grateful to all the help and advice I've already received from other travelers, friends, and family. So far my itinerary looks like this. Friday - 12-22-06: - Board Mexicana Flight from O'Hare to San Jose, MX at 8AM - Transfer to flight to Guadalajara at 3PM - Arrive in Guadalajara at 6, find a bus or cab, and head for Hostel del Centro in downtown Guadalajara - Get my stuff together at the hostel. - Meet people, maybe see some stuff at night Saturday - 12-23-06: - Not sure, ... read more

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