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The place to make love

Yepz. I’m in the place to make love, a small town named Woodstock to be precise – just about 1-2 hours north of Chicago.

Last days I spend in Chicago, but my energy for exploration is a little worn out / drained. So browsed the city a little yesterday, wandered the streets, didn’t felt like visiting the highlights (Sears Towers or some of the museums) and eventually took ’the L’ (the metro/train/subway system) and drove to the suburbs. Hoped to catch a Cubs game, but they played in another city. So eventually I walked a little in the suburbs and took the train back to my hotel.

Last night I went to the movies, the Bourne Ultimatum. Took me about 45 minutes to find the movie theater, but eventually it was a nice big theater and a nice movie – so that was nice.

This morning I tried to catch an earlier flight back to Amsterdam, like I said before… I’m kinda tired of all the exploration. But I could only buy a new ticket, which would cost me about $2700… so never mind 😀

So I drove a few hours, into the more rural scenery’s again and I’m in Woodstock. Just viewed another movie in the small town movie theater here. Very nice town too… nice square with a park and stuff.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading a little more south, we’ll see where we will end up. And Monday I’ll be heading back to the airport and catch my flight back home.

Kinda have mixed feelings about that. Really looking forward to get back home, seeing my friends and family again. But I know I will miss all the new things here. The Netherlands sounds so boring and been-there-done-that. Now I discover and experience new things every day and even the basic things (eating, driving etc) are still special. Back at home that won’t be the case, but it’s gonna be nice to be back home again.

So ok. That’s my update. Drove about 3500 miles now (which is about 5600 km) and shot about 4000-5000 pictures. Other facts I can give when asked, so ask 🙂


Live! from Chicago

And today we are broadcasting live from Chicago. A short update about the last days.

On Monday I went to Des Moines, wandered the streets and visited an exhibit about all the prides and heroes of Iowa (mostly about sports) and after that I drove some over the rural countryroads  – which is amazing! The scenery is really breathtaking and looks so natural and real.

After that Emma came back from her work and we went out to have diner at Rube’s in Montour. The steakhouse was very unique, ‘cause you can pick your own meat (like at the butchers) and you have to grill it yourself on a huge grill / BBQ. Very nice and it made the meat even more special 🙂

After the meat we went to check out the Meskwaki Casino in Tama. I’ve never been into a casino, but they had so many slot machines – it wasn’t fun anymore. There were some tables to play some cards, roulette or the dices. But about 90% of the floor was covered with slot machines. And 99% of the people were 60-70+ in age. OMG!

I almost joined a card game, until they told me that every chip was worth $5! So ok, never mind! 😛

Tuesday I had lunch with Emma and after that I went to check out Cedar Falls / Waterloo. And in the evening I gave a presentation (guest lecture) at the Northern Iowa University. After that we went home and talked for a while.

This morning I packed my suitcase, said goodbye to Emma and drove off to Chicago. After a couple of hours (I think about 5-6 hours driving) I arrived in downtown Chicago. I got stuck in a traffic jam, but eventually found a motel.

The next days I’ll explore the city and next Monday I’ll leave back to the Netherlands. You all have to wait for the pictures until I’m back, not really feeling to upload any right now – sorry 😉