Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Chicago: Day One


My friend A. and I got home from our {awesome} trip to Chicago on Sunday night. It was a great, albeit cold, vacation for us old travel buddies.

I’ve spent the past few days organizing and uploading the nearly 2,000 photos I took during the trip. No easy feat, I’ll tell you that.

I thought I’d split up my trip into day-by-day posts. Makes it a little easier to digest, I think!

Let’s get started with Day One (Wednesday, Nov. 9th):

First off, let me tell you that I get sudden onset narcolepsy when I fly. I am usually fast asleep before the plane even takes off. It’s weird. Now if only I could stay asleep on long haul flights (my upcoming flight to Bulgaria, for example), I would be fine with it.

I don’t remember much of the flight (or connection in Minneapolis) to Chicago. It’s actually quite worrisome how little I remember. Hmmm.


My story really begins on the hour-long train ride from O’Hare to our first hotel, The Palmer House Hilton.

My first impressions of Chicago: beautiful old buildings mixed in with modern skyscrapers, loud and smelly (but super efficient and convenient) trains, and WIND! Yep, Chicago definitely lives up to its Windy City nickname.

After schlepping our bags from the subway stop to the hotel, we checked in and went up to our room.


First view of the famed Palmer House lobby

Our room at the Palmer House


After relaxing for a bit we headed out for dinner: Chicago deep dish pizza ala Pizzeria Uno.

I love pizza, so I knew hitting up a few famed pizza establishments during our stay was definitely a must.




After dinner we braved the cold and wind and stopped by Bloomingdale’s to warm up a bit. I have never been in one, so I don’t know if it’s the norm, but this one only had housewares; about 5 levels of them. I made a quick beeline to the Kitchenaid mixers and the Le Creuset cookware.

A. probably thought I was a lunatic!



My coveted french oven in Cassis


A bit warmed up, we headed back to the hotel.

After hitting up the hotel Starbucks, we found a comfy spot in the lobby to people watch and enjoy the beautiful decor.


Peppermint Mocha

Palmer House ceiling


After some late night fish tacos and a night-cap, it was time for bed. which just so happened to be at about 8:00 pm! What can I say? We were tuckered!

Stay tuned for the rest of my trip!

Oh, and I hope to have more Chicago photos up on my Flickr stream by the end of the week.





6 thoughts on “Chicago: Day One

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  5. I love your blog!! I lived in Ogden for 8 yrs (as a kid) and my brother lives in SLC now so im always interested in finding blogs from people in Utah. Awesome that you’re moving to Bulgaria though!! What a move! Glad you had a good trip!! Can’t wait to see more pictures of the windy city!!

    • Aw, thanks! I guess I’ll only be a Utah blogger for about another month! I am really excited to be moving to Bulgaria. Never in my life did I think those words would be coming out of my mouth, but I’m sure glad they are!

      More pics of Chicago will be up shortly. Thanks for stopping by, do come back!

      P.S. Your boys are adorable!


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