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Saturday, June 06, 2009


"Chicago Saturday: History, Fish & Honduras"

Kelli and I were tourists today. After a tasty breakfast in the hotel restaurant, we walked over to the Field Museum and spent the early part of the day exploring the extensive Native American and Egyptian exhibits. We even took in a third exhibit simulating life underground among the ants, earthworms, and other creepy-crawlies. All three were fantastic experiences!

In the later afternoon, Kelli and I walked next door to the Shedd Aquarium. Here we saw all manner of live marine and aquatic wildlife -- everything from sharks and jellyfish, to stingrays and Beluga whales. While it rained, and grew cold outside, the two of us were indoors exploring underwater habitats teaming with colorful fish, coral, and the occasional human diver.

On our way back to the hotel in the early evening (all the tourist locations in Chicago close around 5-6pm), we walked through Grant Park again. It was still damp and rainy, but dry enough to be outdoors. This time, however, the park was teeming with hundreds of people, and most of them were dressed in blue and white.

Apparently, in nearby Soldier Field (the stadium home of the Chicago Bears), there was a FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifying soccer match between Honduras and the USA. Blue and white are the Honduran national colors. With the exception of five or six people wearing American flags, most of the people walking the other way were apparently rooting for Honduras.

UPDATE: - (Saturday, June 12 - 3:42 PM)
US rebounds to beat Honduras 2-1

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(This entry was hand-written, and posted upon my return to Milwaukee.)

-Jon

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