In early October all the FDATs had a change to visit Chicago – the Windy City. This trip was organized by CIEDR – the Center for International Education and Research. On one early Friday morning almost all the Fulbright teachers got on the bus and we started our way to Chicago. The journey took as almost five hours by bus but it was definitely worth it. Unfortunately the weather didn’t agree with us as it was drizzling during the weekend, however, that did not discourage us.
The architectural river cruise was definitely worth seeing. All in all the city’s architecture was breath-taking. It was interesting contrast with the lake and skyscrapers.
We also had a chance to visit Adler Planetarium and the Aquarium. I, especially, had fun being those places as they are mentioned in the textbooks that I have used in my teaching. On Sunday, I took a walk to the Millennium Park to see amazing sculptures and also the Buckingham fountain and its water display.
The Chicago 360 was an interesting experience. We went to the top of one of the skyscrapers called John Hancock Building and you could see Chicago around you from the skydeck. Had the weather been clearer, we could have seen four states around us.
I took photos of the Chicago Blackhawks Store for my students as some of them are enthusiastic ice hockey fans. The sauna pictures I took at our hotel’s sauna. For a Finn, it was one of the most peculiar sauna experiences I’ve ever had since the temperature did not rise above 50 degrees Celsius nor were you able to pour water on the stones. 🙂
Anyway Chicago was really fun and definitely worth visiting – at least I’ll be coming back to the Windy City some day.