My last few weeks in Chicago have been filled with visitors, new food discoveries, and lots of excitement building up for what's next. Before it's my turn to become the tourist in Norway and elsewhere, it felt nice to have my friends Lyza and Rachel visit from RISD and take them around the city I know best. We went to both new and old places from my 20+ years of experience here, which simply reminded me it is just as easy to find new adventures in your backyard as it is in a foreign city. While I'm in Longyearbyen, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam, I'm sure I won't run out of people and places to see in my relatively short amount of time galavanting from city to city.
Some of the newest places we discovered in Chicago were closer to home than I would have thought. Right off of the red line Argyle stop, there is a bustling population of Thai, Chinese, and Korean restaurants and bakeries. Speaking from my limited experience, I would say check out Tank Noodle for their pho. Any weekend around brunch time, you're definitely going to be waiting in line with half of the neighborhood, but it'll be worth it!
I also started to reconsider the places that I had always driven by every now and then, beginning to remember their individuality. The Baha'i Temple sticks out like a beautifully sore thumb if you're not familiar with the area. Surrounded by the most candidly suburban houses, the temple became a unique location to visit for peace and reflection. When we went inside, it didn't seem to matter what religion anyone followed, as long as everyone abided by a level of respect for the site itself.
As this is my last post stateside, I hope to come back to you with wifi service when I arrive in Svalbard. It could take a few days to gather the first portion of my imagery and begin to have a better idea of where this project will be going, but I'll be sure to bring you along through the thought process as it unfolds. Talk to you soon..