I arrived back to my little home at around 9:30 last night. Travis and I talked about my many experiences as he helped me unpack my bags. These are just a few of the high points of my trip to Chicago:
3) An amish family sat on the train near me and it reminded me of the love of family and that this world still has. I love watching how amish interact with one another and how respectful they are.
4) I ordered room service for the first time! Growing up, I did not have many experiences with traveling and staying in big hotels. Therefore, I thought that room service was just something that happened in the movies and on the TV. When Travis and I first started dating, his family pointed out that room service is a real service in hotels. :) Therefore, I decided to try it out- I ordered a $13 breakfast and a foreign lady delivered it right to my room! The most expensive piece of toast and bowl of cereal I have ever had, but it was worth it!
5) Two close friends from college took me out to eat! It wasn't so much about the food (because I didn't end up even eating the meal I ordered) but about being able to catch up with them! Thanks girls!
6) I rode the L-train or Metra or whatever it's called in Chicago. I rode it clear around the loop and looked up at the huge skyscrapers in awe. It was facinating, intimidating, and scary all at once. I saw all kinds of people while riding around town and it was really hard not to people watch! :)
7) I can never quite describe the feeling that I get when I'm nearing home after being gone for an extended period of time. I appreciate even more the small, rural area that I live in after being in such a huge, busy city. Although fun to explore and travel to, Chicago (and most big cities for that matter) is not a place that I would want to raise a family or make a home. It seems like people don't have the time to slow down and appreciate the small things or to even be kind to another person- they are on a mission and disregard those who get in their path. I'm not meaning to criticize people who live in big cities or look down upon city-dwellers. Instead, my only goal is to remind myself how wonderful my own life is- here in the rural midwest- where pigs stink, blizzards happen, and community is key to happiness.