Today marks one month since uprooting, leaving everything I knew and moving to the Windy City. What a journey! All I can seem to come up when asked about the city life is "it sure is different!" Are you homesick? Of course, but mainly on Clemson football game days! Go tigers!
The month has flown by so fast that I have not had a moment to take pictures, much less recollect and analyze. Instead, I am going to give you a smorgasbord list of observations- some may seem obvious or a bit trivial. As with any blob, there is no order.
1. Drivers Honk here a lot! I still jump and look for the impending wreck every time. Down South honking is seen as rude, here is is just a normal method of communication.
2. It is always loud, partly due to above but also because the city is always in motion- that can be said for the people and the wind.
3. It is not true that everyone here only wears black but it is very prevalent, especially once the temps started to drop. My Southern style sensibilities have been commented on as a high fashion statement.
4. Chicago is a foodie heaven! From gourmet cupcakes to pizza pies and crazy grilled cheese sandwiches, you can find and eat it all! What pics I have taken have all been of food. (shameless plug: check out my Instagram on the right bar)
5. Lots of walking does not mean practical shoes. The true Chicagonista takes her miles in heels. Bonus: You burn off the above food with so much walking!
6. Diversity is my favorite. Coming from their own societal experiences, the people in my classes argue that there are no defined identity labels anymore. I would not agree in terms of the structure of my home state but in this city, full of people from every conceived background, that could be possible. Diversity makes people-watching exponentially better.
7. Christianity is still at work in this city; Bible Belt, you were wrong! The North's temperature may be cold but the people's hearts are not.
8. Chicago has a great selection of hats. This makes my heart (& head) so happy! Only a true old soul would understand. Basically I have take it upon myself to bring Sunday morning hats back into the foreground of finery.
9. Tall buildings make me feel like I live in a doll house. Or perhaps a movie set. I have no explanation for this but at least I can wear a fun hat to represent my mentality.
10. The only things Chicago needs: Sweet tea, Zaxbys, and buttery biscuits.
Here's to Month Two! May it be full of memories and hopefully accompanying photo documentation!