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Chicago, United States

Sorry it took so long...

Well, lots of things happened since I've been here last time... so, I'll make a brief exposure of what was Chicago for me... and it was awesome.

I am a very lucky girl! (I wish I could say more, but I can't...). Anyway, we stayed at a very nice hotel (a expensive one, but we'd paid half price - employees price). The room had a king size bed, viewing the river, and a very nice square with trees and lights. Awesome!

And so is Chicago. We've been to lots of places (unfortunatelly we only had 3 days there... before Xmas). But the best is the Millenium Park, because of the big "bean" from Anish Kapoor (well, Frank Gehry is there too, but... you know, is Frank Gehry). The bean was an awesome stuff, but don't go there drunk, in the middle of the night =)

Well, then we got a city pass, and we've visited the Field Museum and the Aquarium. The Aquarium was very fun, we spent hours there, seeing Belugas, and dolphins and lizards. Things that we both love.

And there's more (I left the best part to the end!): my first night in Chicago ended with a HOCKEY GAME! And that was for sure one of the best things I've seen. It was a show indeed!!! Loved to see the guys playing, fighting, the shitty beer we had, and the fact that we won the match. Too bad that I don't remember the name of the team right now.

The nightlife were fun too. I am learning a lot about beer, cherries and dive bars. Good stuff.

permalink written by  me on December 31, 2007 from Chicago, United States
from the travel blog: USA here I go!
tagged USA and Chicago

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8 days till lift-off..

Bloomington, United States

As you may or may not know, mom and I are leaving to go to Japan on August 4th(!).
Jamie gave me the idea to keep a travel-blog on which I can post embarrassing pictures, terrifying moments, etc. Not a bad idea. What with there being 8 days till departure, and we still don't have our passports, we'll be driving up to Chicago (4 hours) tomorrow evening to make our appointment at noon the next day with the passport expediting agency. I'll like to think of this as the first leg of the trip...
I decided that I'll spend my 12 hours on the plane crocheting goodies.. Which means I'll need a new pattern book and some nice new skeins of yarn.
I've already looked into it and see that crochet hooks and knitting needles are (specifically!) allowed. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm No need to fear. Other than that, this is for my sake. --

Stuff I need to remember to do--
-Buy properly fitting clothes
-Get hair appointment
-Containers for shampoo
-Soap, acne wash, shaving cream, razor
-Toothbrush, toothpaste
-Deodorant (and some for Bro) (Also anbesol)
-Find indiv. wrapped candies for Matsuyama san
-Laptop + charger, Camera + charger, Video camera + charger
-Outlet converters
-Re-paint my toenails..

I'm sure I'm missing something drastically important.

permalink written by  RoboRaptor on July 27, 2008 from Bloomington, United States
from the travel blog: Expedition: Passport Get
tagged Chicago, Passport and 8Days

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Passport: Got.

Chicago, United States

So, success. My mom and I got our passports. We drove up and arrived around 1:30 AM, slept, woke up, went to our passport appointment, had lunch at a British style pub, picked up our passports, and then spent the rest of the day walking from 0 N. Michigan Ave. to 820 N. Michigan Ave. It was awesome. I got like 5 shirts out of it...Anyways my feet hurt a lot and we got lost on the way home so now it's 5:20 AM, and I want to sleep.

My travel photos can be found here:

You need that whole link. Copy and paste. I don't know why it only links up half of it..

You'll see on the left, TravelBot. That's my username. You'll click that to navigate back to the albums page, which are listed on the left.


permalink written by  RoboRaptor on July 29, 2008 from Chicago, United States
from the travel blog: Expedition: Passport Get
tagged Chicago, Passport, Photobucket and Travelbot

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The Navy Pier & The Wrong Way

Chicago, United States

We woke up this morning, fairly early, to a beautiful day (thank God!), which was soon marred by lots of confusion. We had decided last night before going to bed that trying to get to Mount Rushmore in a day (over 15 hours of driving!) was not going to happen. So we found and booked a hotel midway (Minnesota). Well, turns out Andrea is working all day on Thursday (which is when we would have gotten to Colorado because we pushed everything back a day). I am really looking forward to seeing her, so I didn't want to have that not happen.

So we start seeing what we can do. We thought maybe we could cancel our reservation, not spent time in Chicago, and go straight to Mt. Rushmore like we had originally planned. So we start looking for hotels, and lo and behold, the cheapest hotel in that area is $200/night. Whoa. So I keep searching, and I find one that is $89 and we immediately decided to go for it. Mike called and canceled the hotel in MN and I start programming Chloe, only to discover that this hotel is actually in Michigan, 4.5 ours back the way we came!!!! We called the hotel right away and they claimed they couldn't do anything about it, so we had to call Orbitz. And call we did. Mike was able to convince them we deserved a refund; it was easier than we thought it would be. So then we have a decision to make. We decided that it would be better to spend the day in Chicago, go to the hotel in MN, and then go straight to CO and skip Mt. Rushmore. Between the timing being off and the crazy added expense that we weren't counting on, it made sense not to go there. So we called back the originally booked hotel and told them we still needed the room! Luckily, she hadn't gotten around to canceling it yet and it was all good.

At this point, much time has passed, so we quickly gather our things and check out. Then, we headed into the city of Chicago to spend the day.

A friend of mine who used to live in Chicago suggested we ought to go to the Navy Pier, and so we did. It was a wonderful choice!

The whole place was so cute. There was a mini-mall with tons of stores, an indoor beautiful garden with fountains, a mini-amusement park, and tons of shops, restaurants, and kiosks all along the pier.

By the time we got there it was lunch time, so we looked at a few of the places to eat and decided on Charlie's Ale House. We were able to eat outside, so that was nice, and the food was decent. After that, we began to walk.

As we wandered in and out of the pier (with Mike taking millions of pictures along the way!) we came across a Stained Glass Museum. Very unique; very cool. So we took our time walking around and checking out the beautiful stained glass. We have pictures of tons of the pieces.

Strangely enough, there were many references to Massachusetts. This is just one of them. =)

After that we had almost reached the end of the pier, so we went back outside to the end and spent some time with Lake Michigan before heading back.

Once we got back to the main area, we decided that before we left, we wanted to go on the Ferris Wheel. It is the largest Ferris Wheel in the world, and it never stops. It moves very slowly (it takes 7 minutes to go through a full cycle) and so when it comes down to the landing, the people on it get out and you get in (all while it is still moving!). The views were incredible and it was really nice.

After that we decided we ought to get on our way. But first, we wanted to stop at a bookstore, because I'm ridiculous and didn't bring anything to read. Because of this, we were able to drive around the city for a little bit before heading out.

There was traffic when we left, so we had to sit in that for a while. After a few hours, we stopped for dinner at the World Buffet (both Chinese and American foods) in Wisconsin. It was ok. We started up again a bit later than we would have liked though, and hadn't gotten as far as we had wanted to earlier because of the traffic, so our arrival time to the hotel in MN was actually 3am! At which point, we calculated the route to Colorado, only to realize that we still had 13 hours of driving. In all the confusion in the morning, we failed to notice that the hotel we had booked was midway point between Chicago and Mt. Rushmore, not Colorado, so we ended up driving quite a ways in the wrong direction. =\ So we're taking a nap (3 hours) and then heading back out.

permalink written by  prettyblueroses on August 5, 2008 from Chicago, United States
from the travel blog: Mike & Heather's Cross-Country Adventure
tagged Chicago, Driving and Chaos

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Chicago, IL.

Chicago, United States

This was my first time in Chicago. We had a three hour layover. The train station was large and the city was beautiful.

permalink written by  hveidt on April 30, 2009 from Chicago, United States
from the travel blog: Across the U.S.
tagged Chicago and IL

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Lazy Sunday

Kansas City, United States

I think that one of my favorite things about the train is the interaction I enjoyed with the people around us. We spent a lot of time in the Observation Car playing various games, or reading, or chatting. Last night we stayed up till like 2 playing the dice game, and as we were doing that the conductor was constantly passing through the Observation Car and joking with us. Tim, a fellow passenger walked by, saw us, and asked "How do I get in on that?" To which we answered with a smile "Have a seat." He was traveling with a young boy, who I believe was his nephew, Josh. He also joined us for a little while. Sadly, Tim, Josh, and Conductor Kinley all got off the train that night.We were sad to see them go, but there was still a train full of people there to meet! and there were views of NM, KS, MO to take in.

permalink written by  shrugsnkisses on July 17, 2011 from Kansas City, United States
from the travel blog: Chicago by Train
tagged Train and Chicago

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