Day 2: Starbucks It Is


Day 2 started out with S waking me up at 6am to write in her journal. Who in their right mind wakes up at 6am to do anything they don’t HAVE to do? I immediately banished her from the room.


S, Ginger, and I finally got up and got ready for a day on the town. Ani and John were not up for early morning city time, so they stayed behind. We headed to Walgreens to buy a day metro pass, and hit the road.


S, SisterV, and Ginger

S, SisterV, and Ginger


Our first visit was to the Sears tower (Willis Tower for all you precise people). Unfortunately, the sky was too foggy for us to go up. So, we started looking for breakfast. I almost shook the life out of S and Ginger because they wouldn’t make a decision about anything. I asked them if they wanted to eat at every place we passed, and they just shrugged. I finally got so upset I threw up my arms and went into Starbucks. They seemed okay with that. I then made a quick trip to CVS to get some hand sanitizer because Chicago is dirty.


Ginger & S Sears Tower

Ginger & S Sears Tower


Next we went to Buckingham Fountain, where I dared S to climb the fence, and she did. Then we walked through the park and gawked at other sightseer things. After a half day of walking we decided to go eat way North at the Hard Rock Cafe. On the way we ran into the Memorial Day Parade.


S Buckingham Fountain

S Buckingham Fountain


Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade


SisterV Flag

SisterV Flag


S & Ginger Hard Rock

S & Ginger Hard Rock


After we ate it was time to head back and collect S’s things to take her to Loyola for her mission training. Ginger offered to drive us up there since it was on his way home. I got a quick pic of the lovebirds before I headed back to Ani and John’s. I was exhausted. We spent the evening eating apples and cheese, drinking wine, and arguing the truths of the world. It was fantastic!


S & Ginger Loyola

S & Ginger Loyola


The next day I hit the road for a full day driving back home. Next trip will be to the ALA conference in New Orleans! Woo Hoo!



Day 1: Redo on Chinatown


S and I met Ginger at the front doorstep of Ani and John’s house. Their non English speaking, 80 some year old landlord was pacing in front of the house, eying us suspiciously. I called up to the flat to let them know we were there because I was afraid the cane the land lady was using might be used on me.


We dumped off our stuff, said our hellos, and headed to Chinatown with Ani. We entered a square that had Chinese shops in it. We bought some pastries, Ani got a teapot, and we went to the train station to head into the loop. As we were standing up on the platform waiting for the train we realized we had visited a shopping center, not the actual Chinatown. Oops! We vowed to catch it on the way back.


Ani S Ginger


Ani Pastry

Ani Pastry


We headed on the train into the loop to visit Navy Pier. We ate some churros, which was AWESOME, and took some pics. The whole time S and Ginger held hands and looked into each others eyes adoringly. *gag* I am a love hater.


Ani SisterV Navy Pier

Ani SisterV Navy Pier


S & Ginger

S & Ginger


We were tired from driving and sightseeing, but we had to go back by the REAL Chinatown. We made a quick stop and took a few token pics, and went home to where John made spaghetti. Later we watched some really bad movies. It was a good day.


SisterV Chinatown

SisterV Chinatown



Summer of Travel


So, this is my summer of travel. After the May “vacation” I decided to take every opportunity to travel this summer that I can find (within reason of course). So, over Memorial Day weekend I took my cousin S to Chicago. Chicago, you ask? Why yes, she went on a mission to Iraq, and the group was leaving from Chicago. So, we made a tourist trip of it.


I have been to Chicago several times before. My brother and an ex boyfriend used to live there (Not together. That would be creepy). So, I have seen all the touristy sites, and done all the walking and train riding to last me a lifetime. But S had never been before, so I thought I would show her around for a day or two.


Now, the fact that I am cheap means that I took advantage of various distant relatives and friends for accommodations. This led to us staying at my grandpa’s cousin’s ex-wife’s house. Got that? She was very gracious in letting us drop in for the night on the way. When we finally made it to Chicago we stayed with a couple of my friends Ani and John, who were more than gracious. Especially when S’s boyfriend, Ginger, decided to visit also and needed a place to stay. I cannot express how appreciative I was, and am, of Ani and John for letting us stay with them.


In my next posting I will talk about Day 1 of Chicago, and post some pics.