First of all, living in a car is challenging, especially if you’re a women. You will find out very soon what is, and what isn’t necessary. No doubt, showering is indispensable. But such a basic need becomes a treat when you’re on the road.
After we spend an eternity on at the airport and on the plane we finally arrived in Chicago. I was stunned by the impressive architecture, the skyline and skyscrapers. We were just in time for the ‘Taste of Chicago’, and I was thrilled. This iconic festival serves culinary delights on the city’s astonishing lakefront. I’ve never seen such a big variety of dining options, Pop-Up Restaurants and Food Trucks in one place.
Sadly, we didn’t have enough money put aside for such a random, improvised moment. We didn’t taste anything, but needed a double look when we saw Crocodile Sauce on some menus. Our Chicago experience was similar to that episode in How I Met Your Mother where Ted plans a two minute date for his doctor Stella. We had 60 minutes to see Chicago, and normally doing my make up would take more than that. But nothing’s normal when you’re on call, when you’re living in a Van. Your priorities change. Would you rather waste time doing your make up, or take a walk through one of the greatest city in the USA instead?
So, we fast forwarded to the famous Cloud Gate (aka ‘The Bean’), we walked south of Millennium Park and discovered the Art Institute. Clearly, we didn’t had any time to explore it from the inside. Although we were on the run, we made time for a ‘Chicago-Style Hot Dog’ and I have to admit it was delicious! The city was colorful and vibrant, with jazz musicians on every street corner, like you see in all the movies.
So, what did I learn from my hour in Chicago? Well, first of all, I acknowledged that you have to get out there, in order to see something new and exciting. Seeing it live, is incomparable to seeing it on TV or in a movie.
Feeling it, is better than reading about it in a book. Time is relative. One hour can pass like a second when you’re happy, but can feel like a lifetime when you’re in a car, driving for 40 hours with a deadline that’s impossible to make.
Would I be happy if this would’ve been the last day of my life? Probably yes!