Trip Start Jun 10, 2009
41Trip End Sep 07, 2009
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So we've been doing all the normal touristy things: museums and such (Field Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Adler Planetarium and more), Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile (although why a stretch of land covered in stores would be called "magnificent" is beyond me) and, of course, deep-dish Chicago pizza. We were also lucky enough to come during the Chicago Blues Festival, which I checked out today
Chicago has been great, and I love it, but I'm about ready to get started on my "real" trip. I go to pick up my visa for Thailand tomorrow afternoon and fly out Wednesday morning. I'm ready to stop playing tourist as much and try to get more immersed in a different culture. My favorite things from this trip have been times when I've just lounged outside in an unfamiliar area reading or wandered around downtown doing nothing, not the times when I was looking at something because it was a "must-see" place or thing. Sure, I'll do some touristy things in Thailand and the rest of southeast Asia, but I like to think it will be a bit different being there long-term and traveling the way I will be. Paul Theroux had a quote about travel I like:
"The tourist is someone who doesn’t know where he’s been. The traveler doesn’t know where he’s going."
I plan on being a traveler.