Saturday, August 27, 2005


In Chi-town!

And no, I am not talking about China town!

Coming to Chicago two weeks before school starts is proving to be useful. We are slowly discovering the benefits of living in a metropolis. Although Austin is one of the best places in the world to live in (my opinion), some neighborhoods in Chicago have quite a bit of semblance to Austin. Lincoln Park definitely gives a slight feeling of being on 6th St., Austin. Lakeshore Drive (41) is like a dream spot for runners, bikers and roller bladders. Reminds me of Townlake.

Here are a few important discoveries that we made in the past week:

Michaels - Grocery store that offers all fresh produce for sub-nominal prices! It is in Naperville and it is awesome.
Costco - Great place for bulk items (like Wal-marts' Sams Club)
Market in the Park - Believe it or not, we have a market inside the apartment complex and it rents out DVDs too!
Vivekananda Vedanta Society - Offers classes on Vedanta twice a week. Awesome ambience and a wonderful book collection.
Robie House - One of the buildings by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is right across the street from GSB!
Iskcon - Our friends invited us for Janmasthami celebrations and it was a hoot last night!

Believe it or not, we have already hosted two of our friends from Austin! Thanks to them, we discovered that O'Hare is ~40 miles from our apartment, and thanks to Chicago traffic it takes around 1.5hrs! One thing about driving in Chicago- people are pretty rude! I was flipped a few times so far and was even honked at a couple times. I guess I will have to adapt to the road ethics here...and quickly! :)

It may be true that there may be some downside to living in Chicago (patchy neighorhoods etc.), but for the most part I get the feeling that that Chicago ROCKS! School reopens Sep 6th and classes start Sep 22nd.

sounds cool ! and welcome back
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