Chicago, Day II

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
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Trip End Aug 07, 2009


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AAE Parthenon Hostel

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

So today was a little bit more laid back, but with the same amount of walking. Jen and I decided to visit Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. We read mixed reviews online about it, with some people convinced that missing it would mean you hadn't really seen Chicago, and others saying it was overcrowded. Our verdict (and the only one that matters when it comes to travel): D+

You ask yourselves, why a D+?  Well a D+ is a double edge sword. It says to a person "ya really tried hard the last couple of weeks of the marking period, so here is a pity passing grade." And that's what the aquarium did as well.

It was insanely crowded. There was a line about two city blocks long just to get a ticket. Once inside, the odd layout made navigation difficult. Sure, the tanks were filled with amazing sea creatures....but very few had any information posted about them! Now, perhaps most of the clients of an aquarium spend 10-15 seconds saying "ooo" and "ahh" while telling little Jimmy to not stick his whole head in the touch tank. But for myself and Jen, we enjoy learning! I want to know exactly how quickly a pirranaha can devour a misbehaving tourist. I want to know just how quickly a shark can swim up behind me without me noticing. I want to know why they call that cute little guy Nemo a clown fish!

But, alas, the Shedd Aquarium was geared to the "ooo" and "ahh" crowd and not the...others. Hence, the D+ 

The aquarium aside, we took a water taxi about 15 blocks north to the Navy Pier, Chicago's answer to the Jersey boardwalk. It was complete with food, more food, boat rides, food, a stained glass window exhibit and of course...food.

The real kicker was the cookie store that sold pretzels filled with fudge. Where have you been all my life?!

We decided that with a long night ahead we best head back to our hostel. And what better way than with a free trolley ride?

Any way is better is the answer. I would have preferred a ride on the back of a camel. The trolley was late, overcrowded, and went no where near our hostel. I guess free isn't always the best bet.

The kicker of the day was a comedy club recommended to me by Brooklawn substitute teacher (and improv comedian) Mr. Rob Asaro. He told me that if I could go anywhere in Chicago I had to go to a comedy club called "2nd City."  So, tonight Jen and I purchased tickets and took a cab about 30 blocks north.

Turns out this is  pretty famous place. People like Bill Murray, Horatio Sans, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Steven Colbert, and dozens more all have had their starts at this comedy club. Our show was about life in America under our new President and the evolving recession. Simply put: my cheeks still hurt from laughing.

I can't really put any of the material on this page (I'd have to get people to sign a permission slip!) but I have never ever seen a shown so funny. Thank you Mr. Asaro for that one!

Tomorrow we depart for Des Moines, Iowa. (That's prounounced De Moyne students!) (just like right now I'm in 'il a noy......not il a noys!) It's about 6 hours, and while we're not expecting too much from the small city among the corn...we are excited to get back on the road. Because while Chicago is great, it's time to move west (remember it's our destiny).

An update might be slow coming since I don't have much hope for wireless internet in our campground...but by Friday we'll be in Minneapolis and I'll update then.
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kateblack
kateblack on

cornfield
loved the photo of u in cornfield! reminded me of the movie 'signs', that someone forced me to go to watch a number of years ago. scared me, but loved it. keep up the great commentary. lucky for u i don't live in pa., wonder if u get comments on that! great site, be well & safe & keep it coming. kate black

animefreak121
animefreak121 on

hi hi!
Hi Mr. Weinstein! I dediced to use capitals this time! Yay! I love the iguana but the fish and turtle are creepy looking. Take pictures of cuter animals next time. And bring me back a pretzel!
Have fun on the rest of your trip ^^

~Lauren

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