Experience Chicago like a Local

Granted, I didn’t experience it exactly like a native. But after going to a Cub’s game, cruising along the river and swimming in Lake Michigan, it kinda felt like it. In 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908. Wrigley Field, proud home of the Cubs, housed a sea of blue and white, most of which from the visiting Toronto Blue Jays fans. The stadium was full of them, and the rivaling home team, the Cubs, were ready for action. Today, we visited Wrigley Field. It’s a great place. Full of energy. I suppose…

Architecture in Chicago

After arriving in the Windy City via Amtrak, we went on a walk through the city filled with skyscrapers. Sorry, I don’t know all the names of the buildings. But they offer great views of the city above the Chicago River or bustling streets. After enjoying downtown, the Riverwalk and all the rest, we headed to The Second City. The highest rated comedy show in Chicago and a training center for actors, comedians, writers and artists.   At The Second City, we had a blast. Probably the funniest night of my life, I was constantly cracking up at the show…

Aspen and Maroon Bells

Aspen, one of the most affluent towns in the United States and the foremost ski resort of North America, is a picture perfect Colorado paradise, both in Summer and Winter. 3 hours from Denver and 1 hour from Glenwood Springs, Aspen is home for the rich, and a winter vacation for the richer. High profile visitors have been coming here for over a century. But Aspen is more than that. A nature lovers paradise, a skiers home and a hikers heaven, the city is surrounded by Colorado’s finest mountains. With a ski resort right next to the town, you can…

California Zephyr to Glenwood Springs, CO

Today was my first time in Colorado. So far it is a pretty awesome state. The nature is all right there. Granted, I haven’t seen much yet. But pulling up to Glenwood Springs Station on my Amtrak train, I think I saw a good amount. After losing my phone in an Uber, we had quite an experience trying to get it back. We finally did, and once that extreme stress moment was over, I decided I needed to visit Glenwood Springs Hot Springs. Not only a hot springs, it is the worlds largest natural hot springs! The water, reminding me…

Moab: An Otherworldly Destination

Moab is the center of some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. Rock formations like no other; Red, orange, green and blue creating a world of color, and a sun that makes the desert landscape dance around you. Moab is paradise. But to believe paradise, you need to see it. If you get to Moab by train, you get here, Green River. North of Moab by 50 miles, Green River is the closest town to Moab by the main highway where you can get any form of civilization. But even that is a stretch. With a population…

Trains in the Middle of Nowhere

Amtrak decided not to offer Wifi on their ‘California Zephyr,’ running from San Francisco to Chicago. It makes sense, from the nothingness we saw out the windows We met some great people on the train, and sat in the Observation Car most of the time. Using Coach, the seats were quite uncomfortable, and although much more expensive, I suggest a roomette simply for the better sleep.

Top Photos in San Francisco

The Golden Gate City. Baghdad by the Bay. Fog City. Shaky Town. San Francisco goes by many names. It’s people are so distinct, it’s architecture so unique and it’s culture so defined. Although I have visited San Francisco before, it has never been in one day. Here, I will show you exactly where to go for one day in the City by the Bay. The cloud cover towered over the skyline of San Francisco, but that is definitely very normal for the Golden Gate City. Our first touristy stop was Union Square, a one square block plaza flanked by buildings…

My First Train Trip

My first train trip required me waking up at 6:00 am and doing the packing I hadn’t done. Our train departed from King Street Station in Downtown Seattle at 9:35 am, so we had to be there a little beforehand. The process was easy, and soon after we checked in, Amtrak’s quick and easy service was on it, as we entered the train. Business Class treated us well, with large amounts of leg room, two power outlets, reclining, reasonably comfortable seats, and perfect views of the outside world. Passing by the farm houses of southern Washington, I noticed a lot…