BC: June 9-10, 2007
FC: Chicago School Field Trip 2012
1: Dedicated to the German visitors who go to Chicago My fellow buddies in and out of school. Thanks for all the great times and memories we've shared.
2: Since we arrived to Chicago, I've been surprised all time, because of the monuments, like this amazing 8-meter-tall statue of Marilyn Monroe, or the huge skyscrapers, like the Sears Towers (tallest skyscraper of the USA and the seventh-tallest freestanding structure in the world). Nearly everything of this 2.7 million resident tall city is different form my origin city, Munich. They're almost incomparable. :)
3: 01.05: On Tuesday, our second day in the Windy City (the city deserves this name, you have almost difficulties to walk if there is wind), we did the Architecture Boat Tour. You go on a boat, which goes along the Chicago River, and you pass under the bridges while someone tells you the characteristics of many of the towers); as you can see on the picture, it was just a little foggy. The tour was very instructive. It's a "must" for all the people who wants to go one day to Chicago. The day we arrived, we went to the Lycée Francais de Chicago, were our hostbrothers (or hostsisters for the girls) picked us up and then brought us to their house. My family is half Italian, half American.
4: Yesterday, that means Wednesday (02.05), we went to Magnificent Mile, which is mostly a shopping street. After lunch, we visited the Millennium Park. There are many monuments in there like the "Bean" (picture on your right). You see that the reflexions are awesome. :O
5: In the Millennium Park, there was also the Crown Fountain: there are two columns, with portraits on it which are smiling, laughing and ... spitting water. :D In the park, there were so much seagulls which were screaming and flying all around us. It was quite strange because Lake Michigan isn't salty. :%
6: After the Millennium Park, we went to the Art Institute, where are many famous canvas. On the left: "Picture of Dorian Gray", on the right: "American Gothic", on the low left: "Nighthawks" and on the low right: "Nightlife".
7: After showing us some famous American canvas, our teacher let us free (in the museum) and said us to see some other contemporaries American pictures, ... of course I didn't. | I went to the European painters and some of my favorites canvas were there, like "The Two Sisters" from Renoir, "The Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" from Seurat and "Water Lily Pond" from Monet.
8: 03.05 Today morning, we went to Chinatown. It was an experience. On one hand, because it looks like the Chinatown in NYC and on the other hand, because of the food: we ate in a Chinese restaurant were 1. the waiting time was so long 2. we didn't understand anything of what they were saying (so we didn't knew if we had our lunch or the one of someone other 3. our teacher didn't have what he ordered and instead he had something with black bean sauce which smells and tastes awful (a Chinese woman tell us that it took her about 4 years to get use to the smell and taste :P)
9: In the afternoon, we visited the Field Museum (it's like a history and natural museum). I love the Greek Statue and the pterosaur which were wearing Chicago Bulls shirts. B) In the entrance hall, there is Sue, the largest, most complete and best preserved T-Rex. Another thing that amazed me, is the Gems Hall: do you see that Topaz on the right, it's gigantic, and there were so many diamonds. :P There were also an amazing tall number of stuffed animals, like the buffalo.
10: 04.05: So, today (Friday) we went to the Wickle Park neighborhood, the German, Scandinavian and Eastern European neighborhood. There was a pop art gallery which was just awesome. I couldn't get enough of it. There were also the book store Myopic Books, where I found ... amazing Marvel and DC comic books.
12: In the afternoon, we went to a baseball game: CUBS vs. DODGERS. It was an experience , i must admit it: it's not so active as soccer or rugby, but when the hit was great, everyone is cheering. And the weather was really disappointing: freezy, windy and foggy. :(
13: 05.05: Another day come, with another adventure. This morning, we, Massimo and me, went to a handball tournament. I was pretty sure we would be in the second team: I was right. We regrettably finish last, but the important thing is that we had fun. :D And tonight we went, with Martino, my hostfather, watch "The Avengers" at the cinema: it's an so cool movie.
14: 07.05: Today, we went to the typical American suburb: Oak Park. We had to hurry to not be late at the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio guided tour. | It was really special because his architecture style is the prairie style, which was new for his time. It was all a bit low, any way, you will see it with the pics.
16: 08.05: So today we went to the MSI (Museum of Science and Industries). It was great just that it was a little bit too much for little kids and there were a lot of them, running in all the ways.
17: After lunch, we walked in the University neighborhood. And before going back to school we visited to the Afro-American Museum. When we went back to school, we passed through a dangerous area with the bus.
18: once at the bottom of the cliff, we scouted about our surroundings. i later skewered that fish and attempted to fling it at my friends.
19: we had to make this stop entirely because chris felt the trip wasnt extreme enough. he had to do something to get his adrenaline going. after he broke a few rules, he was good to go.
20: yet another beach we stopped at
21: this beach was by far the nicest beach we visited during our trip. however once we discovered seaweed vines can be used as excellent whips, things turned ugly. chris and baljit both got welts on their legs from the lashings. they got revenge by throwing sand at me. chris tried to throw a piece of seaweed at me, but missed and ended up pegging poor nick in the leg. it was silent and awkward in the car for a good 10 minutes after we left the beach.
22: as we were passing through pebble beach, i saw a sign for the 17 mile drive. i remembered going on the drive when i was younger so i told the guys it was a fun and that we should do it. | during the course of the trip, two pictures were awarded gayest picture of all time. with the coastal air breezing through our hair, chris and i pretended we were jack and rose from titanic.
23: after we checked into our hotel at the embassy suites, we drove around the town to find some grub. nick was the first to discover this magnificant restaurant but chris was by far the most excited. he has no idea what pho is or tastes like, but he does know that pho is pronounced "fuh"
24: we went to rite-aid to buy some food and supplies. chris ended up buying the most absurd combination of things. a pack of frozen chicken nuggets, a whole bottle ot bbq sauce, and a liter of chocolate milk. maybe it was the fact we were all tired from being on the road all day, but the four of us were laughing like madmen when chris was at the checkout counter. | being the guys that we are, we totally pigged out on junk food for dinner. three pizzas, three spicy chicken burgers, chicken strips and bbq sauce, arizona iced tea, and chocolate milk. after we ate dinner we proceded to watch Richy Rich on tv while putting together the rocket bajit's been carrying around in his landcruiser for the last 14 months.
25: baljit claimed he just never got around to building the rocket. i think he just didnt know how to do it. luckily two science olympiad construction team veterans, aka me and chris, were there to help. in the end, chris ended up building the entire rocket while i watched tv.
26: here chris is manning the command center where he is equipped with a gps navigator and the "Big Maps for Truckers" | all that navigating gets chris tired and thristy, so he takes a break to chug from his liter of chocolate milk.
27: the picture to the right won the gayest picture of all time award. a good caption for the picture would be, "baljit and chris gaily picking blackberries." going black berry picking was a very controversial issue. we agreed from the start of the trip that we would run a democracy where we go where the majority wants. in this case however, somehow chris' one vote to pick blackberries was enough to pursuade three other guys to accompany him.
28: after blackberry picking, we found an empty field where we could launch our rocket. while trying to find a place to park, baljit completely drove the car into a huge gutter. good thing we had "all wheel drive" and knew latin (inside joke)
30: sadly our trip was coming to an end. after taking a few more pictures , we headed back to the car | we then made our way to sanjose to stock up on boba and goldilocks pastries. after that final stop we turned 180 degrees and headed for home.
31: To: Baljit Singh, Chris Langel, And Nick Quitoriano. dudes, i cant imagine what high school would have been like without you guys. this road trip was the perfect way to cap off an amazing senior year at uhs. i know you each will do amazing things in college and i hope each time you look through this book you'll remember this amazing trip and our four years together at uhs.