Orientation in Chicago

Trip Start Jun 25, 2007
Trip End Aug 17, 2007

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

We have had a jam-packed couple of days being oriented to our big trip - about 10 lectures in a conference room at the Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago. My favorite: Richard Lacy teaching us Hindi - he said we'd learn something and we did! The Omni on Michigan Avenue is beyond belief - the most elegant place I've ever stayed, including chocolate covered strawberries on the first night!

I just noticed that I wrote "we." Within hours of meeting the other participants, we became "we." Maybe Kevin's plan for us to attend a Cubs game Monday night helped. What a riot - Wrigley field is awesome and Cubs fan are insane, but in a good and friendly way, and even though they oversell the bleacher seats by more than 1,000 and we had to stand for a several innings, it was a great way to get our summer together started. Sarah asked an usher what we would do in case of fire, and he calmly replied, "Since you're standing, you'll be the first to get out." Hahaha.

This morning we had free time and Mary and I walked along Lake Michigan. The city is clear, colorful with summer flowers, clean and friendly. I want to come back!
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