We got up fairly early because we wanted to spend as much
time as possible at the Museum of Science and Industry.
On the way to the train station there were some ladies standing under a bridge
seeming to be handing out papers and such. This is something that happens in
Chicago a lot so we just walked past, said no thanks, and didn't even hear
what they had to say. After we passed them I saw a marker board that they
had written on that said 'It's Ash Wednesday' I turned on a dime and headed
straight back to them to get my ashes. Isn't it crazy how you are so used to
people asking for money, trying to sell something, or handing out spam, that you
don't even take the time to listen to what someone could be offering. 99% of the
time it's not anything worth your time. But try to have an open ear because for me,
this time I almost missed something really important. Luckily I didn't.
On the train a guy came onto our car and started singing. Of course,
he asked for money, but he said it we didn't have any that clapping
or nodding our heads would be enough for him. He started 'singing' and it was
really good! I say 'singing' because it wasn't really a song, it was more an
African chant or something, he didn't really say any words or anything.
I was so close to getting up and dancing, but I remained in my seat and resorted
to nodding my head and tapping my foot. When he was finished I smiled and he
threw a fist up at me, of course I returned the favor. Fist bumping with
random strangers on the subway? I'll take that.
We got to the museum around 1030AM and stayed until closing (4PM).
It was a ton of fun and there was so much to do!
We didn't make it through the whole thing, there was 1 exhibit we didn't get to
go through. We walked through it quickly before we left and it looked to have been
one of the coolest ones! Oh well, maybe next time.
After the museum we were completely pooped but we decided to find somewhere to eat
before we went back to Chris' for a quick nap. We strolled down in Hyde park
looking/sniffing our way to food. We ended up at a place called Medici. It's
pretty much in the middle of a neighborhood,
President Obama's neighborhood apparently.
We walked in and it was a beautiful little place, nestled in between a laundromat
and a FedEx store. Nothing too impressive right? Wrong. The place was AMAZING.
Their food was so good. One thing we noticed after we sat down was the waiter
was wearing a Medici shirt but on the back it said 'OBAMA EATS HERE.'
Intrigued, I showed Brian. He racked his brain and remembered that
he read somewhere this is one of the President's favorite places to eat.
Lucky place to stumble upon I'd say! I had a wonderful Salmon burger
with guacamole and a pomegranate float for dinner.
After a late lunch we went back to the apartment to rest up before a night out.
We met up with another couch surfer around 10PM at his house. He invited
us over for drinks (which we didn't have any). He was an interesting guy,
a former Rugby player and a current pilot. We talked for about
an hour or so and decided to head back to Chris'.
We got home and crashed.
My feet hurt.
I love this place.
The plans are underway for me and Brian's next big adventure, Chicago!