Chicago: a trip before THE trip

Chicago already feels like a lifetime ago but I wanted to share a few photos and words before diving into our Vietnam trip. After two months back home, in the mountains of Asheville, NC, we spent a few attraction-packed days in Chicago. Since I haven’t been there in years and it was basically Sean’s first time, we did all of the touristy things. My cousin Carolyn and her family were very gracious, letting us stay in their home during our visit. From there we could take public transit to all the museums. Our first day was dedicated to travel, not to mention getting used to the frigid weather. On the second day Sean, Becca and I set out for Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago, spending nearly the entire day there yet only scratching the surface of what they have to offer. Sean and I got the CityPass since we would have a longer time in Chicago than Becca.

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The second day was spent at the Museum of Science and Industry which was fun but definitely directed at children, thus probably my least favorite museum of the trip. That being said, the robots special exhibit was interesting and I got to play tic-tac-toe and Blackjack against robots. We also did the architecture river cruise. We did the 4:30 tour which ended up being perfect timing since we got to see the city in the daylight as well as lit up for the night.

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On our third day, we had to say goodbye to Becca as she headed back home. Before that we were able to go to get some photos from the Sky Deck at Willis Tower. After our goodbyes, Sean and I headed to the Shedd Aquarium. Even though I was disappointed with the lack of jellyfish, we enjoyed the dolphin show and the huge array of other fish. Afterwards we walked through Millennium Park until we met up with an old friend from IES Abroad in Beijing, Ali. We got some delicious dim sum with her and caught up.

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On our final day in Chicago we went to the Field Museum where we got to say hi to Sue the T-rex and even watched a traditional Chinese puppet show version of Journey to the West. After packing up, we headed to the airport around 8:30pm for our 12:30am flight to Ho Chi Minh City!

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Sean and I can’t even begin to thank everyone that has helped us along the way, especially Becca who not only let us room at her little home in Asheville but even made the trip to Chicago with us. Both of our families’ have been a huge help and have made all of this possible. Keep an eye out for our next post which will be about Ho Chi Minh City!

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