Loved our first few days in sunny Chicago. Dodged the runners, cyclists and power walkers and got suitably blown about next to huge lake Michigan (which does a rather convincing impression of an ocean), went to see the Chicago Cubs lose spectacularly at Wrigleyfield (and had to get some local boys younger than us to buy our beer as our ID was not accepted- like being a teenager all over again!), admired the view from 96th floor of John Hancock centre, ate amazing Vietnamese food (when in Rome...)and hung out in the chilled out Andersonville area.
A very cool, laid back city - diverse and with a pretty liberal feel- maybe as you'd expect for Obama's hometown. We loved it.
Our hostel was a big rambling building, nice large room (we're not quite enough in traveller mode to go with dormitories just yet)- basic but shabby chic. We've quickly realised that we have about double the amount of stuff than we(well, Roland)can carry so we're going to have to be ruthless when we get to Roland's brother's in Houston and ditch about half our clothes. It's going to be tough!
Love to all