It's not really a travel log, because I'm at home again already.
Okay, sorry in advance, this is going to be the longest journal entry thing ever. But it also has lots of pictures in it (self-promo - yay!). Although I don't really have any idea what I'm doing. Most of these pictures are just stashed, because they are just kind of snapshots that are not worthy to be uploaded. I'm not really happy with the pictures that I took, though I really took A LOT, but I guess that's what you get if you have a family pulling you from one attraction to another and you don't have time to take a good picture. So these are kind of crappy, I think. If you see something though that should be submitted, feel free to say so.
Soooo, USA journey, from July 1 to July 21.
We started of in Chicago and stayed with my uncle for a week, which was really nice. My uncle and his fiance have eight cats, one of which is Henry the nicest cat to ever exist. I don't really like cats that much, but the moment I sat down on the couch in the living room, he jumped on my lap and into my heart (...that was kinda really cheesy). No but look at him ISN'T HE JUST SUCH A CUTIE?! He's the reason I don't see cats as evil, arrogant creatures anymore. The other seven cats are super nice too, and very entertaining as well. But I still prefer dogs.
Anyway, Chicago is SUCH a nice city. Gosh, honestly I love it so much. I mean I loved it before, but now I have reasons to do so. The weather is so great! And the lake and the beaches and the skyscrapers and the people and...
We also watched a baseball game of the Chicago White Sox, which was weird because I don't think anyone actually knows what's going on? But the pre-4th of July fireworks were nice.
Aaand then on the 5th of July they had some friends and family over for dinner, who of course only speak English. That was nice. Most of them were talking to me kinda really slow and tried to use easy vocabulary (which is ridiculous because I spend half of my day writing stuff in English, they didn't know that though), but then there was this one older dude who just kept on talking and talking about the weirdest things, which was really funny. I did speak English as well of course, but I kind of hated doing it. It took some time to get used to it, but I still feel like my accent is so strong that they could barely understand me :/
Still, I really enjoyed Chicago and getting to use my English.
Oh and on the last day we all went to a bar in one of the top floors on the Hancock Tower
and I did the most badass thing in my life and we had an amazing view over the skyline of Chicago - at night. I did take pictures of course, but I'm not very happy with the result, so I'll have to go back some day (and I totally will!).
Then we went east around Lake Michigan with a rental car and stopped here and there to look at things and slept in a different motel every night. We went to see the "Sleeping Bear Dunes", natural sand dunes of which the highest is about 400 feet high, but all we got was this: (apparently that's 200 feet of fog you see there and somewhere beneath it is the lake)
On our way to the Niagara Falls we also stayed in Detroit for a night, which was a little adventure. That city fascinates me, I love abandoned houses. I dunno if you've ever heard of the Heidelberg Street Art Project.
Some people in Detroit decided to give some old houses in Heidelberg Street a new look and they made art out of it. Which is kinda creepy at times, such as this:
So, then came the Niagara Falls. And the sheer mass of water that goes down there is really impressive. We also saw them at night which was just awesomeeee. I don't think I need to say much more.
We then went all the way down to Maryland to visit someone else, and saw the Blue Ridge Mountains. They sure are really beautiful.
I'm not sure, but I think it was somewhere in Pennsylvania when we saw two hot-air balloons taking off. That was really cool and I got some nice pictures.
Theeeen we went to Washington D.C. And I am so glad that this city has so many museums and that America is actually all about air conditioning (one of the things I miss most). It was so hot, you couldn't stay outside for very long.
Here's the Capitol:
And here's a tiger leaping at you because today is Global Tiger Day! (Now go save a tiger)
Dolphin shows shouldn't be promoted of course, but I dunno about Baltimore...they said they only do the show when the dolphins want to and they only have to do as much as they want, but I'm not sure how that's supposed to work...anyway...
Also, how cool are jellyfish?! At least when they are behind glass and can't sting you.
Aaaand finally (pfew yes I'm gonna stop talking soon), New York City!
At the end of three exhausting weeks with my family I was way too tired and annoyed to really enjoy it, but it was a great experience after all. Chicago is much much nicer though
It's so huge and so much is happening...well, I'm sure you've all heard about that before. It was still really hot outside and no one really had the energy to do much, but I think we saw the most important things.
We were also "On Top of the Rock", so on the Rockefeller Center and had a nice view over the city.
And we were in this exhibition on Broadway called "Art of the Brick" by Nathan Sawaya, which is art made of LEGO. That was quite interesting. If you happen to go to NYC some time soon you might want to take a look.
And that was it. Then we left for Europe again.
All in all I really enjoyed it, there was much to see and a lot of things to discover that I wouldn't have expected, and a lot of things that I miss here in Germany. Such as the air conditioning and the mosquito nets in front of the windows. Actually also the people. And the cats, too, of course.