Since I never went out of Madison before, I agreed when Zainal invited me to go to a trip to Chicago. I am always very skeptical when it comes to vacation or trip, but I'd tried to give myself a chance to enjoy it~
(I'll try to not include unimportant things when I write this)
After Ili, Yatie and I arrived at Chicago, we all met with our fellas from Purdue first, and then we went straight to our hostel. Adding Daus, Nana and Amal in the party, we went straight to the favorite spots in Chicago. Zainal came later since he had something to do in the morning at Madison.
The first place we went was Willis Tower, or formerly know as Sears Tower, the second highest building in the world. With the exception of Amal, who had been there before, we went up to the Sky Deck to watch the scenery of Chicago from a 103-floor tall point.
The scenery was very nice and magnificent, but I don't think I have any reasons to go up there again, except for a different sun setting. Maybe after this I can go during the sunset
The most standing out landmark was the Bean. The truth is, I don't even know what so famous about the Bean until we came to the place. Well, there is always Wiki~
My hand can't take the chilly wind any longer starting here, it was so damn cold
Aquarium is always my favorite spot, always. I don't know why I am so fond of aquatic beings, but I always love them ever since I was a kid
But sadly, we didn't manage to see all of the events (dolphin!) due to the short of time and excessive tiredness. Some of us even fell asleep on the bench inside
Nana, Ili and I planned to go shopping during the night since the other 4 (Zainal had arrived at this time) went to a concert and we had nothing to do. But due to our tiredness, all 3 of us fell asleep and we slept until 11 p.m. What a waste of time, but what there was nothing we can do though. After we that, all seven of us when to McDonald's to get something to eat, and then we started gossiping to our heart content. Well, only about one person though
This was the end for today's. Then we all went back to hostel and get some sleep (again).
Lincoln Park Zoo
After we all had checked out from the hostel, we went to eat at Giordano's Pizza first. Then we went straight to the Lincoln Park Zoo for, well, what else?
Sadly, we took long enough in the Giordano's Pizza that we need to cut our time spent at the Zoo. Anyway, that's one more reason to come back to Chicago
We all planned to get a ride on the boat at Navy Pier, so we went there. The place was crowded and I thought it was all about the pier. There was a lot of shops there too.
To our disappointment again, we didn't had enough time to get a boat ride since Amal, Nana and Daus need to get to their train quickly. Don't worry, there is still another time.
Hershey's and Water Tower Place
The last destinations was these two places. At Hershey's, we enjoyed some of their brownies and cupcakes, which were truly delicious. Some of us even buy souvenirs at the shop.
Then we went to Water Tower Place. I didn't bought anything from there, since I am too afraid to spent my money.
After all that, we all went to the Union Station to take our bus to Madison. Our bus depart at 10:30 p.m. and we arrived in Madison at 1:30 a.m.
The trip to Chicago was totally worth it. I get to see many places, met friends, walking around and more importantly, went out from Madison for the first time. In addition to that, my sleep time was finally adjusted. How can I not be happy? But the only regret that I have is that we didn't really spent enough time at most places. Hopefully there will be next time
I hope I had keep it simple but includes everything important~