The 20 hour road trip began in Utah, went through the corn fields of the Midwest, and ended in beautiful Chicago. Our 4Runner, A.K.A. “The Big Red Bean”, had no air-conditioning and a roaring, broken muffler. Although the circumstances could have easily led to a miserable trip, my aunt, best friend, and I had a blast! We arrived at night; seeing the skyscrapers lit up against the dark was astonishing. Downtown Chicago was like walking into a movie, a city jungle. It seemed as if there was not a single soul asleep even as late as it was. The sounds of laughing and traffic made the streets come alive. Seeing the historical buildings brought a sense of mystery, that there may be secrets hidden or forgotten in the walls of old brick and various statues. Diversity of languages, people, and food surrounded me. If this wasn’t amazing enough, we stopped and walked along the manmade beach of Michigan Lake. I could have sat and stared at the glistening water for hours.
The following day, our venture continued as we visited unique stores, and later, a trip to the John Hancock tower. My ears popped as we flew from ground level to the 95th floor in the crowded elevator. Never having been in such a tall building, I was surprised by the ant-like people and tiny cars continuing about their daily lives below. It made me curious to think that later, while we were strolling around town, people from this building, as well as the many other skyscrapers, could be looking down on us and seeing us as only small ant-like people going about our own business.
The sights, sounds, feel and even smells were enticing to me. I would love to one day move into a big city like Chicago, because of the variation and diversity I would see everyday. Now that I have been exposed to this wonderful place, I am motivated to see what other surprising places I can experience. Whether it is in our own country, or outside of it, travelling is always an adventure!
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