For the past few weeks I’ve been travelling faster than I can write and now I finally have a chance to catch up! Only 3 days after getting back from Peru and Panama, I left for Chicago, my 9th flight in under 3 weeks.
My brother had been living in the windy city for just over 2 years now and I was long overdue for a visit. I would be staying here for a full week and although we would have a ton of adventures together, I would still be able to find the time to work during the week and catch up on some blog stuff. I’ve been bouncing around from city to city over the past few months, so I have gotten used to surfing different coffee shops and exploring new places. My brother met me at the airport and we took the L over to Lincoln park to meet up with some friends. Two friends had spent the night at his apartment and they were just getting up around the time we got back. After pounding a few green smoothies, we were ready to hit the town for some fun in the sun!
His two friends were some of the friendliest and funniest people I had ever met. They shared so many interests with my brother, and by extension me, that we would almost always all enjoy doing the same things. We started with an intense game of Frisbee in Lincoln Park and later a swim in Lake Michigan. It was so amazing to be out here on a weekend. Everyone around here is so active and unless it’s during work hours, you usually see hundreds of people running and biking through the park. There are also so many adorable dogs out and about. They are not just in the park, but all over the neighborhood. For some reason, I don’t think I’ve been to a city with so many dogs! The city has such a well-designed park system and you can get around a lot of the city only stepping on green grass. Around the lake you also have concrete paths that go on for miles, which makes for the perfect cycling routes.
We were getting so hot from the Frisbee, so we decided to jump into the lake. It wasn’t enough to just jump in the lake, we had to do it in the silliest way possible. We lined up and decided we would pass a ball back and forth to each other in mid air as we jumped in. There were four of us, and the ball never made it past the third person. There were just too many moving pieces and there was a lot of pressure because we started to gather an audience. One girl would look up from her book every time we were about to jump to see if we made it. I thought this was pretty funny, and it was pretty clear we were the most interesting event at the moment.
After working up an appetite, we decided to head over to Veggie Grill, one of the top Vegan restaurants in the city (according to my brother). We had this amazing Chik’n sandwich and corn chowder. They also brought us out a plate of nachos with all the best toppings. My brother comes to the place so often that the guy working there gave us a free plate of nachos! This was so funny and such a classic situation for someone who’s so nice to everyone he meets.
On the walk home, I could already feel my sunburn so I decided to throw a black towel over my head and just walk around the city like that. I didn’t really care about all the looks I was getting, I was more concerned with the sun. We eventually said goodbye to our friends and began preparing for a full week of fun. It was Sunday and my brother and I would both be working tomorrow. Hanging out for full days like this would be rare during the week but we were happy to spend whatever time together that we could.
In the next few days, I would be exploring different parts of the city and working at different coffee shops. I would also be going for midday runs and swims around lake Michigan. Stay tuned!