Raining

You have always to be prepared for a chance of rain in this city.

My days here are coming to an end and I need clear days to do all the things I want to!


Coldplay

These are my best holidays ever! (Or as American people say, my best “vacations”)

This weekend Lollapalooza’s Festival is being held in Chicago, at 50 metres from my residence.

Yesterday I could listen to Coldplay’s performance live from behind the stage, lying on the grass. Even being outside I felt I was the luckiest person in the world.

A video I’ve uploaded to youtube where you can watch the emotive ending of the concert, awesome.


Baseball

The baseball match two days ago was great!
We had very good seats and the environment was amazing. It’s very different from the football matches in my country. I was surprised because people didn’t shout all time; there were music and lights instead.
Each time one team changed the batter (the majority of them latin) there was a video played on the screen introducing him. When for example a player called Alejandro scored a home-run the sound was Gaga’s song “Ale Alejandro”, and so on.

 

Even more surprisingly for me was the division of the field, I had always thought the running area was bigger but it didn’t live up to my expectations as it only takes a quarter part. (They didn’t run very much either)

We didn’t get any ball but I could meet the mascot and a friend took me a photo.

 

My meal there consisted on nachos, chicken, lettuce, cheese and souce, all inside a baseball helmet 🙂

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The match lasted more than 3h (we didn’t get bored) and the result was Yankees 18 – 7 WhiteSox


Museums

Classes hasn’t barely changed, which is in fact a good thing.
We have a new Spanish boy and the Vietnamese students are leaving this week.

 

These days I’ve been feeding my cultural interests and, since Chicago is known for its culture, I’ve visited a couple of museums in the city. They are: Art Institute of Chicago and Contemporary Art Museum.

The best thing is that I could enter for free. It is supposed to have free admission only for residents – and specific days, of course – but you know, begging a little or saying that you’re gonna leave helps.

In my opinion the Art Insitute is better than the second I’ve just mentioned because it is by far the largest one. Actually it reminds me of The British Museum. You can find art from cultures all around the world, from a Picasso to a Japanese kimono.

 

 

I haven’t finished yet. I don’t want to make you feel jealous but I’ve tickets for tonight baseball match WhiteSox vs. Yankees.

Let’s go Yank…sorry, let’s go WhiteSox!


SPIN

I’ve already used the washer! My clothes smell delicious 🙂 (don’t worry, I’m not thinking about eating them)

In my opinion it’s not really cheap, you have to get a card and put $3 for washing and drying. But at least it works.

 

Monday’s class is a little bit boring. It’s a SPIN – like a specialised lesson, the rest of the week we’ve General English – called “Grammar in conversation 2”. It’s the only class where my teacher is not Joe.

I like the teacher but we spend the lesson repeating things.

One thing that we’ve learnt and I like is making a bucket list. Kicking the bucket means die so it’s a list of things you want to do before dying.

Here comes mine: (don’t laugh at it!)

– Crop my hair (just once, to feel the sensations)

– Parachute/skydiving

– Travel all continents

– Win a prize/award for photography

– Finish my degree in Biochemistry and find out something important due to my research (win an award too)

– Speak 7 languages

– Fall in love (DONE)

– Go volunteering (DONE, but I would repeat)

– Go to a NBA match

– Adopt a child

 

The thing that was nice today is that EF staff gave us some sweets to eat 😛

 

I’m happy because my new roommate loves cooking.


Fireworks

On Saturday there was a party at I-house (International House, a residence in Unversity of Chicago Campus) but we had to take a Metra at 5am to come back. I preferred to go to Navy Pier, because there were fireworks and we wanted to see it.

I don’t regret having gone there. It was fantastic! It lasted several minutes and the most impressive thing is that the music matched the performance, for instance, when the lirics of the song said “love” there was a heart-shaped firework.

(I took hundreds of photos with the speed mode)

What is more, we know some Mexican-American guys who told us about a couple of interesting places or things to do.

As you can see in the picture I got a fortune cookie. OMG! I don’t know where it is! 😦 I’ll be unlucky now, hahah.

It was fun because that boys have the tradition to end the sentence in the cookie with “at the bed” (en la cama). I remember quite well, it was something like “your emotions will be sensitive and strong (at the bed)”.

 

Oh! And it was a great night because we found another supermarket! Yeey! It’s called Dominick’s and it’s at the same distance than the other one but the opposite way (behind Marylin’s sculpture).


Absentmindedness

Friday evening I went to Hancock Tower with some friends. The aim was to see over the city at night.

I didn’t remember that somebody had told me if you go to the restaurant (instead of the Observatory) you don’t have to pay anything. Therefore we paid $16 each. However it was worth it. Watch yourself:

This is a 94th floor and the lift takes only 40sec!

 

Before going to the Tower we had been to Chicago Summerdance, but it wasn’t what we had expected. That’s why we went to Hancock.