Blogs from Chicago, Illinois, United States, North America - page 75


North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 25th 2006

Sorry again... still no pictures for you guys. We promise to correct this situation as soon as possible! Well, we got an awesome hotel deal for Chicago so we are staying in luxury for 2 days! We have a central location and a great room at the Hilton. It feels good to be pampered sometimes! We did the architectural boat tour of Chicago which was a great way to learn about the city and view it from the river. Chicago is a true architectural marvel. Old and new, all buildings fit together extremely well and have a lot of thought behind their design...and also cost more money than anyone can imagine to live in. We walked to the piers and the millenium park. The millenium park has 2 cool features: a fountain that has a huge ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 10th 2006

The other Au Pair group, they do fun stuff!... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 10th 2006

Alright so again I've not done so well with updating this. I even forgot to update about the most bizarre thing i've done on this whole trip - I saw a movie in a funeral home! Don't ask why, that's just weird American weirdness for you! Actually I should correct myself, that's California for you! What else have i been up to? I got a tatoo in San Francisco, I went to Yosemite national park, I did lots of fun things in Palo Alto like visiting the Jelly Belly factory... um I forgot what else. Kyli (another one of the counsellors from camp) and I went to New York, which was crazy, intimidating and amazing. On the day we got there the airport people tried their best to lose our bags (and were so blase about ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 9th 2006

Janette is leaving to go home, she has done her year. Good luck girl!... read more
Ligia(left) & me (right)
Janette(left) & Ligia (right)

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 7th 2006

Well, things are pretty much ready to go. I've bought everything I need for my trip and we booked our hostel stay for the first five nights in downtown Madrid! We'll be staying on Gran Via...which seems to be in a great part of the city! It's close to downtown and should be pretty sweet from what I've read about it. Hope the rest of you are ready for this (i'm really not yet haha)... I promise it will be a wild ride (complete with pictures)!! :) ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 30th 2006

I have finally arrived in The Windy City (apparently)....whoever named this city has obviously never been to Wellington! After what was the longest day of my life I arrived at the hostel in Chicago last night ready to attempt to sleep off the jetlag. What I didn't expect was to meet two lovely girls the moment I stepped foot into my dorm and go out for some drinks. Thus extended the longest day by a few hours. At 2am (5pm the next day in Sydney) I crawled into bed. My sleep for cut short when the girl from Detroit and the girl from Oxford (yes it is a little contradictory) woke me up when they tripped over their own suitcases and thus giggling continuously for five mins. Ordinarily I would have been slightly aggravated (for anyone ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 27th 2006

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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 24th 2006

Spent our first day in Chicago pretty much recovering from the trip here, which left us a bit jaded. However, went out for cocktails in a posh hotel on Michigan Avenue with some Oxford alumni and got treated to an expensive meal as well, all rather nice. Got our act together the next day and ventured downtown. Saw the Chicago cultural centre, another John Hancock tower (there is one in Boston too) and the view from it and walked the magnificent mile. Spent our third day in the city being cultured and decided to hit the art institute. Filled with lots of famous paintings, we managed to while away a good few hours. Near to the gallery in a park there was a fab sculpture called the cloud gate (although basically looked like a giant bean) ... read more
Tribune tower
Another view from the John Hancock tower
Cloud gate aka the bean

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

The address for the Reunion Party is 12 Seneca Avenue WEST, Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047. The house is in the triangle formed by Gilmer, Diamond Lake Road and Indian Creek Road. If you use Yahoo or other e-maps, they might take you to Sequoia off Gilmer, then to Indian Creek. That's ok, just out of the way and winding road. More straight-forward way: Coming from West off Midlothian onto Gilmer, take a left onto Indian Creek Road to Seneca Avenue West, go right onto Seneca Ave West and we're the 3rd house on the left. Coming from South and/or East, take Diamond Lake Road off Gilmer to Indian Creek Road, go left onto Seneca Ave West. And coming from North, take Diamond Lake Road off 60/83 to Indian Creek Road, left onto Seneca Ave West. Call ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 22nd 2006

First entry to this blog, I am kind of an amatuer at this. My flight from Minnesota to Chicago took 2 hrs i think, then I had 2 hour layover at O'Hare. O'Hare is the hub of United Airlines. The pictures taken are of my jumbo jet plane. First time across seas and first time on a huge plane. The movies on my plane were She's the Man, Pride and Predjudice, 16 Blocks and the Sentinel. I had a seat next to the screen so that was nice. I couldn't sleep that much but at least time flew by decently. The food was horrible so I had malnourishment for over half a day. We also flew through the Arctic Circle then back down to Siberia. The air temp there was around -142F, I felt the cold ... read more

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