In the City

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Chicago
"Where are you from originally?" the cabbie asked, in the way that cabbies do.

"Well, um, actually Chicago...sort of.  I was born here, but my parents moved away when I was little."

"Oh, so this is home then!"

"Mmmm....nah, Kansas is home."

And it is, without a doubt.  It feels like I should feel a connection to this city--the city of my birth, after all--but I can't ever seem to get quiet enough to figure it out.  Or see enough of the sky at once.  Or...well, fellow non-city dwellers will understand.

Nonetheless, it is a very nice city.  All I had to do was barely look puzzled on the train for someone to jump to my assistance.  I love that about the midwest--we're helpers.  And then there's the city itself.  The mish-mosh of weird and dirty and beautiful and mundane is like a grown-up sensory stimulation activity.

I had most of yesterday to walk around.  The last time I was here was in 1999, so I hadn't ever seen the famous "bean" in Millennium Park.  I understand why people flock there with their cameras out--such an interesting focal point to see the city through.

Then I met an old friend and her mom for lunch, and we did a 30-minute tour of the Art Institute before I had to leave them for the start of my conference.  It was nice to catch up with them.

More about the conference itself next week!