|Just hopped on the Metra.|
|Lucia!! and Sandplanes!!|
|There were a TON of people. 2000lb of them.|
At the Metra stop, I met a recent graduate who told me (after telling him that I was "new student at UChicago" to try this Greek restaurant called Solaris on 57th and Blackhall. There was a lot of L train/Metra/bus changing but I didn't get lost, surprisingly. On the way back, a lady trying to buy a ticket was about a dollar short, so I just gave her a dollar and she looked and me in amazement and praised me unnecessarily. I have to admit, it felt nice though.
The stop at Grant Park led you straight to the opening of Taste of Chicago, with huge free admissions signs and mouth-watering smells in the air. I spent a couple hours at Taste of Chicago, enjoying a lunch that wasn't dorm pizza, until a man who looked familiar passed by. I kept on walking, but a few seconds later I am tapped on the shoulder.
Him: "Ernestina? Is that you? Do you remember me?"
Me: "Uhhhh, no, not quite."
Him: "I'm Lucia's dad, Lucia's sitting over there!"
|A couple asked me for a picture and returned the favor.|
It was about 2 o'clock in the afternoon by that point, so I had plenty of time to get to the market. There was a Nordstrom that had a bunch of other little shops inside, so I went in dressed in basketball shorts and flip flops and ended up buying a watch (I left mine at home, thinking I wouldn't need it.) Trader Joe's was right across the street, where I was disappointed to find they didn't sell biscuit dough. Instead I picked up cornbread mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, and some butter, thinking I would make cinnamon cornbread muffins when I went back to the dorms.
|Walkin' through the streets of Chicago.|
A bit later I decided that it was probably time to take a shower, and bid Doris adieu, but in the middle of my shower it hit me: I DIDN'T SIGN IN FOR CURFEW. WHAT TIME IS IT??? WILL I GET A CURFEW VIOLATION???? I panicked for the rest of my shower and scrammed to my room as quickly as possible to check the time, and found that it was 9:40 PM, giving me plenty of time to sign in for curfew (which ends at 10:15 Sun-Thurs). However, when I went down to sign in, I noticed that Doris hadn't been down, which made me start to worry as it was already 10 PM.