Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!!

Trip Start Apr 27, 2011
Trip End May 21, 2011

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Chicago Getaway Hostel

Flag of United States  , Illinois
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Got up in time for the free breakie in the hostel. Thanks to Ness' Ole Miss tshirt, the owner of the hostel, Amir, started chatting to us and invited us to have breakie at his table. He ended up giving us an itinerary of what to do when we got to LA, as he used to live there. Included in this were tips on how to sneak into the Four Season’s swimming pool (can’t wait to try those out...watch this space).

Made use of our amazing transit cards and went to Wicker Park (an neighbourhood in Chicago). Ness was bril with the bus stops and changes. It didn’t seem that much of a special place but we’ve heard that its a great place to be for nightlife...and it had amazing clothing and vintage shops all over the place...probably a good job I didn’t go into any of them.

Had lunch at Zen...another yummy meal – Thai and Chinese...I’m becoming obsessed.

Headed to the city to Willis Tower (formally Sears Tower) – tallest structure/building/(something lol) in America. Went right to the top (well, 103 floor out of 110). Unfortunately, we were there at the same time as a load of school trips and crazy French people.

Amazing views all across Chicago and Lake Michigan...could see for miles. Walked out onto one of the skydecks (glass boxes that look out over the city)...I refused to look down until I was on it as I would have chickened out!

Met up with Ness’ course mates, Louise and Rachel, for dinner – so lovely! It was the Mexican holiday, Cinco De Mayo, so we decided to go to a Mexican restaurant. It was a two hour wait so we decided to have a drink in the bar next door. It was really dark and retro inside...loved it!

Mayan Palace (the restaurant) was ridiculously busy...people were queuing out the door for hours...I did not envy the waitresses and waiters at all, they did an amazing job! Such a great atmosphere and the food was incredible. Managed to order something that wasn’t spicy :) We were all gutted that we couldn’t finish our meals and they were all so yummy.

Raspberry Margaritas were a great addition to the evening...too delicious. Made the walk home very interesting...made a few wrong turns. Funny funny times (don’t worry it was a safe neighbourhood).

x x Jess x x
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