Grand Finale

Trip Start Oct 03, 2010
Trip End May 02, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Illinois
Thursday, April 28, 2011

We had searched high and low for a hotel in Chicago but were struggling to find anything vaguely in our pricerange near the centre of town. A couple of days before we arrived we used the site for the first time and managed to find ourselves a 4 star bargain right in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, its a fantastic website which I wish we had started using earlier.  

It was absolutely freezing when we arrived in Chicago and the rain was bucketing down. We had a little afternoon snooze and then headed out in the bitter weather in search of a famous Chicago deep dish pizza. The 3 inch tall pastry bowl is stuffed high and full of cheese, tomato sauce and stuffing and makes the traditional pizza look like a healthy option! We could each only manage two slices, it was disgustingly filling and definitely a once off but so tasty. We did manage to watch a little of the Royal Wedding, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Americans were loving it and there was a fantastic hype around the whole event.

Although it was still chilly thankfully the rain had let up the next morning. We took a walk through the White City briefly popping into a couple of the big department stores but holding back at this stage. We walked along the waterfront and through the very green parks before making our way to the south side of the city to watch the famous White Sox play Baltimore at the US Cellular Stadium. We totally felt like we were in a movie with hot dogs and beers in hand, confectionery seller's walking up and down the isles and an incredible atmosphere. Sadly the White Sox lost but we had a fantastic time and came away with a lot more knowledge about baseball thanks to a friendly local who was happy to give us a running commentary.

As we had been oh so good in terms of shopping over the past 7 months and as it was the last few days of our trip we headed to Macy's and let ourselves go a bit. There was after all a 20% sale on top of a 20% sale and really we couldn't resist. A day of shopping can take it out of you so a quick stop home and then out to a highly recommend Thai restaurant before hitting one of Chicago's oldest blues bars, The Kingston Mines. We had a fantastic night and eventually stumbled home at around 3am...we had to go out with a bang! Feeling a little worse for ware we packed up our stuff for the very last time, picked up some last minute shopping bits and headed to the airport. 

                 It felt very bitter sweet boarding the plane back to London. On one hand we could both happily continue travelling the world and all it has to offer but on the other hand we were looking forward to catching up with friends and family and being back home with our creature comforts. Its almost surreal to look back on the past 7 months and all that we have seen and experienced as well as the fantastic people we have met along the way. We have also learnt that as you tick one place off your destination list another 3 are added so I have no doubt that we will be planning our next adventure soon enough!

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