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Hello Chicago!

August 18, 2010

Even though my mind was racing with what felt like a million things I was able to get a very restful night’s sleep. Of course I hit the snooze button this morning (a few times, actually) but I was still able to make it out of the house on time. Sweet!

Bradley wasn’t too happy that I was leaving. Look at his sad little face!


I was ready to go right on time and made it to the airport very easily and didn’t get stuck in any traffic.


I also got to the airport super early but couldn’t connect to the internet, which seems to be a bit of a theme for this weekend.


While I was there I texted one of my roommates for this weekend, who was flying out of the same airport and we were able to meet and chat for a little while.

I flew into Midway after a short layover in Atlanta and while I was on the plane I munched on Biscoff (which totally made me think of Kath!) and finished reading Operation Beautiful. If you haven’t read this book yet you truly are missing out!


As we were descending into Chicago I saw these clouds and totally thought they looked like popcorn.


Check out the “land grids”. I think it’s so neat how land is divided into quadrants like this.


As we got closer it was really need to actually see the “shade” that was created by the clouds. I thought I had a picture of this but sadly none of them came out.

On the way to the hotel I was very thankful for my iPhone because I was able to pull up information for the train stops, the hotel and even use the compass to make sure that I was walking in the right direction. I was really proud of myself for navigating the public transportation that Chicago had because I’ve never done that by myself! I was thankful that the hotel was very close to the train stop because it was HOT as blazes – although there was a really nice breeze.

Hello Chicago!


The hotel is quite old and as Kath described, it have the “dorm” feel to it. I was excited to see that our room was set up like a suite with the two beds in different rooms separated by a hallway with the small, but adequate, bathroom.

First room





Second room

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Our view


Next up – meeting more roomies and the cocktail party!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2010 9:45 am

    Yay! It’s so fun for me to read your experience! Hope things are going well with teacher/classroom planning this week. 🙂

  2. August 19, 2010 9:59 am

    I didn’t realize that you all had a little suite! How fancy! 😉

    Can’t wait to read the rest of your recap.

    • August 21, 2010 10:02 pm

      I know! I was pretty surprised when I saw the room and it was really roomy!

  3. August 19, 2010 10:26 am

    Love the photos from the plane. The “land grids” are definitely a sign of the midwest. When flying into MN/ND those squares usually are acres and acres of different farm crops!

    Cute hotel!

  4. August 19, 2010 8:21 pm

    Yeah, can’t wait to read more 🙂

  5. Sally permalink
    August 20, 2010 10:50 am

    Howdy lady! Just checking in to say good luck with the upcoming school term.

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