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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Chicago, Day 2

We had a great day today!

We started off by meeting one of Heather's podcast listeners for brunch, which was a lot of fun, even though we had to wait forever to get a table. That turned out ok, though, because it gave us more time to visit. Julia and her boyfriend, Jeff, are really neat, and we had a good time getting to know them. Definitely folks to keep in touch with.

After lunch we debated whether to walk to the Field Museum or take a cab. We finally decided to walk, in order to see more of the city. That turned out to be a bad idea for two reasons. First, it was a long way, and between Heather's joints and my knees, we were in a lot of pain by the time we got there. The second reason was psychological: the Field Museum building is big, so from the time it came into sight until we reached it was a good 15-20 minutes. That was pretty demoralizing. It was still a fun walk, though.

The Tut exhibit itself was a bit of a disappointment. The full title is Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, but there was a whole lot more of the Golden Age than Tut. It was really good, and it was worth coming for, but it wasn't nearly as good as Eternal Egypt was at the Pyramid (or, to compare apples to oranges, it wasn't as good as the Masters of Florence). The biggest problem, actually, was the crowds. Holy cow! We had plenty of time to look at each item, though, as we slowly filed past them in the big, long line. Definitely worth the trip, but not as impressive or coherent as the Pyramid's exhibits.

After the Tut thing, we took a few minutes to hit the high points of the Field Museum. I think it was really nice, but I'm not sure, because by that point we were both so tired and sore and dehydrated that it wasn't as fun as it would've been otherwise.

Supper was the highlight of the day, though! We went to Tizi Melloul, and it was awesome! The main reason we went was that they have belly dancing on Sunday nights, so we weren't surprised that one of our fellow diners was also a belly dancer. Denise was there to see her instructor, who was the performer tonight. When she came out to dance, she invited both Denise and Heather Marie to join her, so her first dance set turned into an impromptu shimmy lesson, which was a lot of fun to watch. I got some really fun pictures of the ad hoc troupe in action.

Speaking of pictures, I've about hit my monthly quota for Flickr uploads, which is apparently ridiculously low, so before I can upload more photos to share, I'm either going to have to either pay for more bandwidth, find an easy way to downsize my pics, or setup another place to put them. I'll probably just put them on my own website once I get home.

For now, it's off to bed!


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