3 days ago
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Here it is not a child, and just one person (I think) sex undetermined ( but I think female) as I have rarely laid eyes on any other dwellers of this particular section, but I hear every move.
Whoever it is wears shoes most of the time and has a very heavy, determined tread through the apartment and the wooden floors creak and squeak appallingly, so it's possible to track progress throughout the not very large flat. You hear everything that hits the floor, the washing machine, the shower and the fan in the bathroom - and the occupant gets up at 6.30 every morning, then runs the shower and fan . But I think what disturbs me most is the tv in the bedroom that goes all night - not loud, but enough for me to hear a muffled version every time I wake.
The only way I could live in the lower floors of an apartment block, would be in a very expensive one I think, that had decent soundproofing, and I don't think that is going to happen any time soon. I wonder if you can test drive for a few weeks?
Several lines pass underground in the city loop. but are soaring above the ground for most of their journey.
I think I like the "EL"
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Chicago is a pretty impressive city with some fabulous architecture and a pretty spectacular setting on the edge of the lake, even if it was shrouded in low cloud for the day
Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears
These guys are all heading in the same direction, but no 2 are the same.
I spent the last couple of days freezing all tmy extremities on the top deck of the Hop On Hop Off bus to see the city sights. This included visits to the top of several towers - 360 Chicago and the Skywalk Chicago to see the views from above, and pretty spectacular they are. particularly on a good day.
The queues were horrendous, thank goodness I did the first early, so no waiting, but after at least an hour waiting finally got to the top of the Willis Tower to view the city, and as you can see it's pretty spectacular. Lake Michigan looks beautiful and it was very clear
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
As you can see an absolutely beautiful day here in Chicago. The sun has been shining, a very slight breeze and the temperature is around 10C. Much as I would love a white Christmas, I can't complain about such a glorious day
Great day for a wander along the lake front to enjoy the scenery. Could have been on a suburban Melbourne beach. My Mac would just love it, he would spend his life in the water I'm sure.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
This is George, an old "hound" cross. He's about 13 and finds it all a bit too much at times, I know the feeling! But he does love his walks and the lake beach across the road is the perfect place for a good sniff and wander, although he is not super friendly to other dogs so we have to watch that one. I also discovered today he loves to go through the rubbish in my room as soon as I leave, just tissues, but he was straight in there as soon as walked out the door. unfortunately for him he is also quite deaf, so didn't hear me return for something left behind and so got sprung.
Then there is Tony, full of beans, especially in the middle of the night when he loves to do the mad cat round the house and onto the bed. Loves to steal George's food, attack my knitting and generally be a boy, when he's not sleeping.
Lots of goodies, but I did have to remember I had to carry it all home, but did get a lovely leg of lamb for my Chrissy dinner and some bones for broth as well as some other meats and fruit and veg.
Both the train an bus links are nice and close, but I always seem to end up walking any way.
The train is pretty straight forward and easy enough to work out, what worries me there is the width of the platforms, they are incredibly narrow, I would hate to see them in rush hour, one wrong step and you are over the edge.
But the bus routes, now that is a whole different ball game. Nowhere can I find a list or more to the point a map of the routes. There are lots o Apps available, but they all give you the arrival time of the next bus and not much else. Yesterday I caught 3 buses with the same number, the one I wanted, and still didn't get to where I wanted to go. The good thing about it all is that it is not too expensive, with a trip at 2.00 and transfers 25 cents, so all these mess ups don't cost much, but it's usually when I am carrying a heavy load and feeling tired and frustrated.
Worst of all, today I left my gloves on the train - bugger, they were my possum ones and all.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Finally decided enough was enough and headed back for some warm
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Everywhere around are enormous apartment blocks, there is a University just down the road, but the upside is just a few steps away is the "beach" on the shores of Lake Michigan and a long walking track that follows the lake shore.Great place to take George, although he is 13 so not up for extra long walks, but then neither am I yet, still a little jet lagged I think. Today the lake was beautiful with hardly a breath of wind to stir up the waves, but the heavy black clouds look ominous and according to the forecasts the temperature is about to drop from a positively balmy 8 - 10 degrees to a much colder -1 with some rain and snow to follow, we shall see how I go!
The apartment is petite to say the least and half the walls are the dark raw brick, the others are painted in quite dark colours, so it makes for quite a dark environment. I immediately opened blinds etc, as I don't enjoy living in a cave and like to see something of the world, but it is warm and comfortable so all will be well.
More pictures of pets and "home" to follow, but it took me hours to get my BLOG back - it had been hijacked by an add for an extinct widget, so lots of Google searching and I finally have it back. Then I had to learn to use it all over again, as the uploading of photos etc had changed, but finally on the way.