- Arrived in Chicago after being surrounded by three women all reading "50 Shades" and shifting about in their seats. for 7 hours.
- Managed to sneak up behind Rachel who was waiting to pick me up, giving her a shock and getting a massive hug/kiss from her in the same second.
- Drove to Phams who was kindly letting me stay for 2 whole weeks in his apartment.
- Got a crash course in travelling around Chicago, which is SUPER easy and cheap everywhere else should look at Chicago and follow suit. (I even wrote a little blog for Erini while out there on the topic)
- Hit the first night out with all the guys who lived out there, groggy, having not slept and having time travelled went for dinner and drinks with all the bloggers and vloggers, Miss Kitty, Katherine, Joey, Gregor, Pham, Rachel, Erini. (all the links!).
- Went to my first ever Baseball game, I'm now a Cubs fan, I'm happy for this to happen. They got beat but this was an official date with Rachel in her own city, had an amazing time the crowd is insane and the atmosphere is fantastic, had my first "old style" (more will happen) and a amazing Wriggly Dog (OMG SO GOOD)
- Met Rachel's family over a few days, ate with them, watched Gilmore Girls with them and got a night sitting with Rachel in her home watching Mystery Science Theatre with her. :)
- Got a tour of Down-town Chicago from Rachel, stopping at many Starbucks and walking around looking at the amazing buildings and art the city has to offer. Such as Cloud Gate below.
- Joined "The Summer Soccer Society" and played FOOTBALL for two week with Pham and his friends VS random Mexican guys in the park, I was proud of myself for being rather good.. well next to the Americans anyway.
- Hit a friendly little bar called "Max's Place" where Old Style was only a $1 ... a $1. I've never seen a $20 bill vanish so quickly.
- had a pre birthday, birthday meal with Rachel and Gregor at Giordanos Pizza.. DAMN good pizza
- Rachel's birthday... bullet point break!
Rachel's birthday was honestly the main reason I choice to go to Chicago at this time of the year, I mean that was clear right? Birthdays are amazing, Rachel is someone I massively care about and it seemed like the thing to do, so I did. I had told her we could do whatever she wanted, it might have been my holiday but it was her day of birth and because
a big sappy boy I'm nice like that offered to take her out for the day. She had picked a River architecture tour. So at 6ish we got on a massive boat with about 7 other people (busy I know right) and moved slowly up and down the river, while the sun went from being up to gone. It was amazing sitting next to her for that in a city she clearly loves watching how pretty it is at all times of the day. It's easy to see why she loves it, the building are amazing, the skyline at all times of the day amazing and the people, well they are some of the friendliest nicest people I've met, though that might be just because of my charming accent.
After that I took her for a meal at the Grand Lux Cafe, I safe "cafe" but I don't think America knows what a cafe really is... this place was huge and clearly a fancy restaurant. The food amazing, the staff amazing and OH GOD THE MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE *dies in own droll* each one is made from scratch to order and is so so good, worth going just for that.. oh wait I'm dead now I can't type.. braaaaaiiinnnsss...
On my last day, Rachel planned some things (I'm back from being dead now, don't worry) for us to do. So once again found ourselves heading out into the streets of Chicago, this time however we managed to be out early enough for Lunch, so naturally we went to a Scottish whiskey bar, here we had burgers named after famous Scottish people AND drank whisky, something the guy who worked there said he had never done before at lunch time. "Come on man, you're a WHISKY BAR.. give me some damn Whiskey with my lunch!" is something I didn't say but got whiskey anyway and damn it was good.
After a bit of a walk around the Lincoln Park area (I'd happily live there) we finished the evening off with a trip up the John Hancock centre for a final and amazing goodbye to the city, fighting to get a seat by the window before the sun started going down (we did). we sat, laughed, flirted, drank and flirted some more while watching the sun dip behind the world and my time in Chicago. It was an amazing trip with some fantastic people and one rather awesome person (I vomited a bit myself there sorry readers). It's not even a "will I ever see this city again" moment because the place has many things I want to see again and I will. See you around Chicago, you're a pretty fantastic city.
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