Crosstown Traffic

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Illinois
Saturday, September 17, 2011


After finally crashing out last night, it was what seemed like only a couple of hours before Woody awoke thinking it was breakfast time. Unfortunately, here, it was 2 am, but he did a sterling job trying to coax Bree from her slumber by first trying to entice her into conversation by asking what cereal did the hotel have, why is there no play area, how do you get to Esme's house and finally chancing his luck with 'do you want to dance?'

I think it was the last question which swung it, so by 5am we were up playing Toy Story games with his figures, drawing maps and generally hiding stuff around our room which we will no doubt forget and will flummox the cleaners.

Still, we filled our boots at breakfast and chatted to people of our travels and they told us of their trips working on the roads of the US with a load of Australians and learning how to use a knife and fork. I think that's what they said, we were all a bit delirious...

We headed back to the room for more playing. Elwood and I went on a few treks, picnics, rescues and created the Buzz Lightyear you can see, whilst Bree whisked our plan for the day into shape.

So, Operation: Find a camera, was undertaken. It still amazes me how big everything is here. We spent a good half hour on just 1 road, passing an endless series of retail parks and one off crazy looking shops. There were loads of dishevelled stores too with amazing signs painted on them which was wicked, but basically there's just so many huge buildings and just so many cars! Everywhere!

We went to about 5 shops till we found the camera of choice, but getting from one to another took nearly all day. Luckily we were listening to Loop FM (i think) playing the randomest 70s to early 90's rock. We had a soundtrack of Ozzy, GnR, Aerosmith, ACDC, Oh black betty whambalam and loads of stuff we didn't know. So that was good, ha!

During this shopping madness, Elwood went a bit crazy and started pretending he had a totem (strap from his bag) which featured a 'lion of love', 'a tiger of love', and a giraffe.  Every time we walked passed any sort of pole the three of us all had to put our hands on it  (for power, I think?) .  If this sounds all very odd, that is because it was. 

We had our first glimpse of the Chicago city skyline today which looked wicked (and big). We also saw the big latticed railway bridge they chase through in the Blues Brothers movie, so that was cool too.

To celebrate our camera success, we took Woody, who as most of you will know, loves a sausage, to a hotdog place called Superdawg, which is as ace as it sounds. ( It's a 50s style drive-in with 2 massive cartoon sausages on the roof. Elwood was basically asleep by then, but still made light work of his Superdawg. Thankfully, it was only 20 mins home, through the traffic with the setting sun blinding our eyes.

Apart for the camera, we're 3 dollars under budget today. Boom!
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Leonie on

he is too cute! love the buzz!

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