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Friday, 29 May 2015

The Book of Mormon - Mother's Day

This year, we saw the Book of Mormon, in Chicago at the Bank of America Theater. Holy moly, it was fantastic and hilarious, and satirically touched on many religious and social issues. What's great about the Bank of American Theater is that no matter where you are sitting you have a great view of the stage.




I have to a take a minute to praise the cast. They were amazing! The singing, acting and dancing were all so fresh, energetic and flawless. This musical had me laughing from start to finish, but also made me question certain values and beliefs that our society holds so dearly. It reminded me that we absolutely do not live in a perfect world, and challenges us to recognize the flaws and how we will understand the differences.




Unfortunately, it is no longer playing in Chicago, but I urge you do see this anywhere!

 
 
 
Before the musical, we had a fabulous lunch at Eataly - wine, bread, pasta, and steak (for my family members, not me) and the best part, yummy, yummy gelato! You can easily spend a day in Eataly. Take a tour through the markets, different eating areas, and of course you can't forget about the dessert.



Saturday, 23 May 2015

Palm Springs, CA

Last week, I went on my first ever business trip! I only started working at my new job two weeks ago and they needed some extra hands on deck. Extremely nervous and excited, I packed my bags, laptop, binder and as many notes as I could muster to prepare for the conference. 

Since it was a last minute booking and direct flights to Palm Springs are minimal...I scored a FIRST CLASS seat! It was surprisingly cheaper than economy seats. I flet like a high roller-princess-travel guru-mile higher all in one. I flew American Airlines and the service was phenomenal. 

When I arrived in Palm Springs, I went directly to the hotel, the Renaissance. The hotel staff was delightful, welcoming and very accommodating. Again, since it was a last minute booking, I scored a SUITE. Obviously, the room was much too big for just me, myself, and I but it sure made me feel special! My balcony view faced the large pool deck area, AND THE MOUNTAINS! What a sight for sore eyes. Each morning I woke up at 5 am opened my balcony doors, played soothing music, sipped my coffee and watched the sun rise from behind me and shine down on the mountains. I think that fueled my fire and gave me the positive energy for a long day of conferences. 

The conference was a hit, the staff and I had an amazing time! I got to meet people that I've only corresponded with via e-mail, and pretty important scientists and experts in the field. 

Luckily, the Renaissance Hotel is in walking distance to the "down town" area, so after a few cocktails on the pool deck, we walked downtown. We wined and dined at Sammy G's Italian Restaurant. It had live music and offered in door and out door dining experience. Plus an array of vegetarian options. :)

Below is a panoramic view from the balcony of my hotel room at sunset.





Thursday, 7 May 2015

Chicago Segway Tours

This post is way past due but it was totally awesome that I must share it and it must be my first Chicago post.

Almost one year ago, my family and I decided that Father's day was going to be an adventure. My mom suggested that we go on a Segway Tour. So excited and eager to learn moves like Paul Blart, I immediately found the tour guide, booked our tickets for the Lake Shore Drive tour and off we went! (FYI these tours can be a little pricey but there are lots of "groupon" like deals you can find on the internet for reduced prices/packages!). 

Our tour was set for 2pm at Navy Pier. We decided to get there early and have lunch on the pier. We chose to eat at Harry Carry's Tavern. I wish I had a picture of my Fish Tacos because they were BOMB! I highly recommend.



We met our tour guide and they give a brief overview and precautionary details about riding a segway through the streets. Then, once we were assigned a guide, we made our way to the park and had a private tutoring session on how to properly ride a segway. It is very easy to drive a segway and is really appropriate for all ages (but check the website for children under 14!). Once we were qualified to drive the seaways our tour guide (and I'm sorry I can't remember his name, but he was super cool and from Denver, CO.). We began by going under Wacker and onto the walking/bike patch towards Soldier Field. 


We took various stops by the marina, Buckingham fountain, and the museums. At each stop, our fun and groovy tour guide gave us a bit of history on the landmarks and some of the skyscrapers. It was very cool and educational!

The tour took about 1 hour and was well worth our money, plus the whole family got to spend a wonderful day outdoors in Chicago!