Chicago

First I needed a few days to process all of the info from our trip, all memories and feelings and sort them into the right place in my head and heart. Now that I know at least where I’ve been (haha) and what I’ve seen in one month of travelling, I can finally write about it. Well, we’ll see about that.

Chicago was always special to me and I’ve been dying to go there for a long time. I don’t really know how to put this, but let’s say I used to know a (special) person who lived there. That was years ago. Ever since, it’s always been everything about Chicago. This might sound ridiculous, but in a way I felt some kind of connection. Just looking at the pictures of the city,  made me feel warm, almost like I’ve been there many times, except I haven’t, ever.

That wasn’t much of an expalnation, but sometimes it really is hard to put your feelings into words.

So as we booked our plane tickets to Atlanta, I said to myself ” You know what, I have to do it. I have to go there eventually, and I’m gonna do it now.”. I told everyone involved about my plan and they were all thrilled (Thank God!). My mom has a friend who lives in Chicago and decided to visit her. That’s how Chicago even became a part of our trip to USA.

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Chicago was the last destination in our trip. We flew there straight from Atlanta and  stayed there for a week. When we came out of the subway (that we took from the airport to the city centre) and saw all of those majestic buildnigs for the first time, I almost cried (Well, not almost. I did. There you have it). And I swear I’m not like that. I don’t just come to a random city for the first time and then burst into tars. That’s never happened to me before. I tell you, it was an emotional rollercoaster.

I’ve been to many cities, but, huh…I’ve never felt anything like it. I can proudly and loudly say that Chicago is the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to. I’ve visited Los Angles, San Diego, New York, London, Paris etc., but none of them has fascinated me as much as Chicago did. Not even close to that. ( OK, I think you get it by now. Now I’ll stop rambling about my deep feelings and love I have for this city, I’m annoyed with myself and I don’t want to know how much you – who read this, must be. Haha).

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So the next day we met with my mom’s friend Judy. We were also supposed to meet her housband, but since he is a pilot, he was on a duty at a time. (That was quite a shame, I think he and my boyfriend would have much to talk about). Judy said due to her housband’s work they had to move a lot. They’ve also lived in Singapore, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and somewhere in Australia. Now they are back in Chicago. What a life!  We had a nice dinner in her favourite restaurant ( Oh, the food!), and walked around the city for the whole day.

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The best thing about having friends all over the world is a private tour around the city. By that I mean that they take you to places, spots, bars, shops that no “Lonely Planet” guidebook can.

Just because I didn’t want this post to be too long I decided to do another post about Chicago. In next post I’ll write more about the things we’ve seen and did during our visit. Until then, thank you for reading.

Maja

 

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