So Kristin and I moved into our new apartment on Wednesday and have been running around trying to set things up the past few days. But now things have slowed down a bit, so I can actually write this. We have very few furnishings, an air mattress (Kristin didn't want one), a TV, the Wii, some dishes, pots and pans, etc. We currently lack chairs or a table simply because those are big and hard to get through a subway. We're thinking of getting them online so we can have them delivered to our door. But we've got about half the apartment squared away, and the rest should happen soon. I'll post pictures once we actually finish.
Over the past few days, we've also been setting up electricity, internet, cable, and bank accounts while also fixing some issues with credit cards. It's been busy, but not so busy to keep us from having fun. On Wednesday, we met up and realized that both our fathers, being fathers, had given us some money for unexpected expenses. Half of it was used for a taxi to the apartment because it was the easiest thing to do, but we used the other half to go out to dinner at a cool Asian restaurant on Broadway called Pingpong. They had amazing sushi and potstickers, and the entrees were delicious. If you're ever in Chicago, I highly recommend this place.
Yesterday, we decided to explore a little and went to the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is a completely FREE zoo located in the middle of Lincoln Park. The cool thing about Lincoln Park is that it makes you forget that you're in a city. The Zoo is even better at doing so. At first, all the animals were asleep, and we got pretty cute pictures of sleepy animals, but it wasn't terribly exciting. It was also a rather hot day, so many of them were also inside away from visitors, but who could blame them? After a while, though, things picked up, and we enjoyed watching the otters flip around in the fake river and the meerkats wrestling in the sand. The food was good too, though the cafeteria was insanely crowded. All in all, the Zoo was a success, and it was even better for being free.
Then today, we were out doing errands and needed lunch, so we happened upon a very cute little coffee, tea and sandwich place, also on Broadway. I forget the name, but it was Turkish and had the best atmosphere and food that we've had in a while. Another place definitely worth noticing!
Not much else going on, but I'll leave you with some photos from the zoo and our two favorite quotes from small children looking at animals.
Favorite Quote : Little girl looking at her mother: "Mom, you may think that these are cute, but really they're even cuter to me."
Favorite Quote: Little girl to her father: "They don't want to chase the butterflies?"