The fun never stops!
8Dec - Henry flew to Hawaii today so we joined him on the train to O'Hare airport (a plane arrives / takes off every 2mins at this airport, you can actually see around 10 planes line up in the sky waiting for their turn to land). Thanks again for hosting us Henry :-)
From the airport we had a shuttle pick us up and take us to O'Hare inn and suites. Finally some space on a bed. We will stay in this hotel until 11Dec, it has a super king size bed - so eat away Dan I will have space on the matress no matter what. Due to the deep dish pizza being so famous in Chicago we had it again tonight but at a different, more local restaurant. Because it is local and a bit out of downtown the prices are really good. We had a medium sized pizza with a salad and a deep dish chocolate biscuit pudding. The biscuit was still warm as it just came out of the oven and it had ice cream and cream on top which melted over the biscuit - are your mouths watering yet? After dinner we took the train back home but this time we were freezing and just jumped onto the first coloured line we found. It was the wrong one and went the wrong direction - good job us. We got off as soon as we realised but then we had to pay again to take the train in the other direction (our day passes expired so we did not have unlimited access anymore) luckily we both have strong acsent which made them realise we were not from the states and they allowed us to get back on free of charge. Then we got off at the wrong place which meant we had to pay again. We then just told the guy at the gate the same story and at first he said "you guys are a long way from home" then he felt sorry for us as we told him its summer in NZ so he also let us on the correct train free of charge. This was the first and last time it happened which is ironic as every time before and after our "train-mare" we had our unlimited passes with which it would not have made a different how many times we got on and off. We got home at around 11pm as we had spent most of the time on the wrong trains.
9Dec - Today we woke up and it was snowing. So we basically walked in the rain and the snow and we had some places to go and it felt like a part of my toes were dying - sorry that is off that song and I just could not help it ;-) It is absolutely beautiful as the snowflakes are soft and there are millions of them filling the sky. I think it is time to update on my new snow boots experience. They are awesome and they absolutely love the snow filled terrain. They keep my feet dry and relatively warm. I use the word relatively as you need a polar bear around your feet to keep them warm, so the boots are trying their best. We walked to Old town which is a very pretty 'old' part of Chicago and then decided we wanted to go to the zoo, it is free after all. What a silly idea. If it snows outside all the animals will OBVIOUSLY hide inside. So yes you guessed it, there were no animals to see anywhere, expect for the ones that had an indoor viewing station. O yes and there was one monkey outside Our zoo visit then turned into a snowball fight where I had a bullseye shot against Dan's head - it was awesome. The snow fight made us quite hungry so we went for dinner at Big Bowl (a chinese/thai restaurant). After dinner we walked around in the Apple shop where they have all the Apple i phones and shuffels and laptops that you can think off at ridiculously low prices.
10Dec - Welcome to Antartica. Today was absolutely freezing (-13oC but it was said that the wind chill factor is around -24oC) We basically spent the whole day looking for a scarf for Dan as he wanted to hide his cheeks and nose from the cold wind. After a few miles in and out of nearly every shop, with scarf prices ranging from $20-$40 we found one at Old Navy for $5 (sorry $4 it was on sale ;-) We walked around with only our eyes uncovered but I totally felt the freezing eyeball effect again. O yes everything except our eyeballs and a piece of Dan's bum was covered. He has a big whole in his jeans which allows for ventilation of freezingly cold air ;-) (from stonehenge fence 2007 - Dan)
We had some hotdogs from American Hotdog and German pretzels from the German market and a white chocolate and peppermint tea for dinner.
11Dec - Today is our last day in Chicago :-( so we decided to go and ice skate at the ice rink at Millenium park. Once we arrived there and we got into line to purchase tickets, a girl dressed as an elve gave us free tickets as part of a Christmas holiday promition. So we were lucky once again with free tickets. We ice skated in the open air rink for about 1.5hours which was great fun and super duper cold and very romantic (as said by Dan).
We then ran to Union station to catch the Amtrak train to Milwaukee at 10pm.
This is just a random photo taken at some stage in Chicago of the famous painting