Chicago is delightful. I could go on and on....only hope to return and explore more of the city. Til then, I can reflect on the last trip. There was many bars, restaurants and some walking involved. We did manage to avoid running along Lakeshore Drive. Truly, I thought that would happen. Maybe not for me but I believed Maghan would do it. There was an option of riding bikes too. There was a stash of bikes about two blocks from the airbnb we could utilize if we had been more interested. The weather sorted us out--two rainy, cooler days. Maybe next time.
I had yoga in my thoughts and a plan to achieve it. I know a few instructors that live there and knew I would experience a killer class if I found one that worked for my schedule. I wanted a morning class, mid morning, preferably. I could uber to it and return to start the day. I found a studio and had every intention of going. I woke up on Wednesday morning, hungover. Still, determined to attend Gina's class. I showered and mentally prepared to head out. I rechecked the schedule and found that Gina was no longer teaching the 9 am slot. Crap! I looked at other options to fill the following days. Somehow, she was not teaching at any of the studios that she works for. I could attend another instructor's class only Amber teaches predominantly in the evenings. That wouldn't work. I knew that I would be day drinking and barhopping. Attending an afternoon class would inhibit my exploration of the city.
The yoga appeal decreased. I wanted to go but spending $25 to drop in to a class where I didn't know the instructor was not something I wanted to do. Honestly, I could have researched more and looked into a Barre class (another obsession of mine). Perhaps next trip. Instead, I told myself that there would be walking involved and I could throw in extra pushups at the rental to cover the skipping of yoga. I think I managed 10 more pushups....on one of the days.
I was vacationing. I didn't want to focus on my lack of exercise. I wanted to enjoy the delights of the city. Back to that....tacos, ramen, wine bars, beer bars and an architecture tour. That was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Chicago is rich in history and I enjoyed listening to the history behind some of the buildings along the river. I loved the modernist approach and seeing some of the multi-use buildings. They offered beer and wine on the tour. Not a great selection. It would be nice if they improved that aspect of it. The bartender was kind in pointing out that a glass was $8 and a bottle was $24 if I thought I would be returning to purchase two more glasses. The bottle might be the way to go. I declined. We didn't want to overindulge and miss our dining that night. And, the wine was crap (as earlier noted).
We tried to explore the city on foot and do some sightseeing. I think next time we should visit in September. Weather will still be good and maybe not as rainy. I wouldn't mind doing a bike tour to bar hop. That could be entertaining and multi-useful. Detoxing and retoxing. Finding the balance of it all.
I must prepare for my day off. Reflexology, massage, barre class. I am ready!