End of Chicago Trip

Whenever I go to trip, it always feels like it was all a dream. Especially for Chicago, the days went so fast that I almost don’t remember what I did! Time flies fast, doesn’t it? But Chicago was definitely a very different city. To me, it isn’t as loud as New York, but still thrives with vibrant energy that comes from the people and buildings. I also felt that the buildings are not as intimidating despite its rocket high height.  It wasn’t simply blocks of packed sky towers. There was a place for air. Perhaps it’s because there much more opened areas in between them? Anyhow, this kind of atmosphere (relaxed yet still sharp) was the most iconic impression I had about this city.

3 days is such as short time to go around places…especially when you’re planning to spend the entire day in an art museum. I must come back to Chicago to explore this city further! Until then, let me dive into my bed to avoid my home works throughout the rest of the semester. :’)

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Chicago Day 2: Museum Campus & Adler Planetarium

This morning I woke up with a stuffed stomach…gosh, the deep dish pizza is delicious but also addicting. I can’t stop eating them!

It was such a beautiful day to go out (though a little bit windy) and with over three months of freezing cold winter in Columbus, I enjoyed walking around the park so much. I really needed this!

With a warm sunny weather, we decided to go over to Museum Campus and Adler planetarium. I didn’t have any idea how the Museum Campus looks like prior to arrival, so it was quite a surprise to see the area used for sports (like running, biking, jogging and such). I’d imagined that it was built mostly for tourism purpose, especially because you can see the entire downtown buildings from here. But seeing many locals utilizing this space was great to see. It is a place for both the locals and the foreigners.

On top of that, the amount of educational institutions within the area, like the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, and Shedd aquarium, was astonishing. I’m very sure that you will never ever get bored in here. There are so much to see and learn! Ah, I am so jealous.

New Trip

It has been a long long long time since my last post in the winter. To wrap up that trip, I want to say that my mind was refreshed and refilled with energy from the warm sun and blue azure sky in Los Angeles. Ah, how I miss warm places in the cold dooming winter.

Currently, my school is on a week spring break, and this time, my friends and I are on a very short trip in…Chicago! This is the first time I’m visiting here, and along some of my research, I’ve heard many rumors about this city – it’s windy, it’s rainy, it’s big art city, it’s famous for mafia – but I’m just as excited to see it with my own eyes!

Tomorrow marks the official first day of Chicago trip. Luckily, it is also St. Patrick’s Day! I can’t wait for it!

Day 6: Balboa Park

I’m sorry for the late update (again). I’ve been trying to write blog post constantly, but all the walking drains my energy so much! I eat, edit photographs, and can’t resist the urge to go to bed right after that. Yes, yes, I should have worked out during the semester (which I totally procrastinated on). I am so weak now…

Anyhow, today, my buddy and I are in Los Angeles! We used bus from San Diego for 2 hours ride, and additional 1 hour ride to our hostel. A long day traveling, so we only went around one spot today, which is the Annenberg Space of Photography.

But beforehand, let me finish talking about yesterday in San Diego. We went for a long, long walk to Balboa Park. This park is as awesome as the Golden Gate Park, except it excels in education and intellectual interaction. There are so many museums to visit in here; Museum of the Man (which has an interesting exhibition titled “Instruments of Torture”), San Diego Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and more. The architecture of these museums are also gorgeous! In many of them, there are intricate floral patterns, and the arches fit perfectly with the sunny days in San Diego. Just the way sun comes in through the opening is beautiful.

Amongst all the museum there were, we decided to stop by Museum of Photographic Arts. Although half of its facility was currently under construction, I enjoyed the exhibition so much. In particular, “New Visions: Art and Invention in the 19th Century” was a great inspiration to me. With the time period in the past, it felt like going back to history of photography class all over again. But, seeing the real prints from the past was so much more different from listening to a lecture. The albumen prints in the exhibition had the sharpest, clearest resolution I ever seen amongst others, that some began to transform into an illustration. The techniques were magnificent (too bad that the clouds did not show up because of collodion), and just imaging how hard it would have been for photographers to take an image out in the wild was amazing.

We spent total of 3 hours in there. Totally worth it though!

Tomorrow will be about Los Angeles.