Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Elgin
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Travel Blogs from Elgin
... sheepishly and laughed, "Dere's one dere, Daddy!"
Soon we crossed Tamm bridge and were in the zoo, passing the new south entrance and the Hermann Fountain, full of sea lion statuary. More fake animals!
We did see real Galapagps tortoises, only slightly smaller than the ones in the park across the interstate. We made a beeline got the brand new pinniped exhibit in the middle of the zoo. They were working on it for over a year and I missed seeing the sea ...
... br> *****
I had opted to stay for a couple of days at my folks' place in order to visit with them for a bit and relax in the tranquil Illinois countryside before I disembarked on this trip.
Plus, as an added perk, my mother had offered to drive me to the airport on the morning of my scheduled departure date (which is today!), so I didn't have to worry about arranging transportation logistics.
As long as I didn’t have to lug ...
... own space in a great nation of our own. It truly expands your version of reality to see things that we have no comparison to, to place yourself in the midst of a history that is thousands of years older than anything we have, and to mingle with a people that are clearly as proud of their country as we are of ours. It was also a bit jarring to see what a real boom looks like, with double digit growth, while back home ...
AND .. (drumroll please) my DRIVER'S LICENSE! (:
To be honest, I figured that since I've already got both an
Australian & an international driver's license, getting my
Illinois state license would be somewhat anticlimactic,
but I was still so proud for having passed the test!
Though it did seem much easier than it was back home.
They're a lot more relaxed (at least my instructor was; he teased
... they simply looked at me like "oh well". My husband went in later that evening and long story short..they called me a liar, called my husband crazy!!! Never ever had such rude customer service. On top of everything else, the place is disgusting...I was afraid to walk on the carpet without shoes, the bathtub was disgusting, the ceiling looked like it would cave in at any moment..we had 2 quees size beds, ...