Southern hospitality

Today we got up and headed out to get some work done at a Starbucks.  We’re slowly finding out which places that offer free wi-fi. So far, we have found that Starbucks, McDonalds and Panera Bread are all happy to share a connection.  You are also likely to find at least one of these...

Corvette Country Ken...

Just driving today, and we’re headed towards Nashville, third day in a row now. This is not something new – we’ve found that everything takes longer to get to than expected. Although this would probably be different if we were in a rush, but we’re not so when we see...

Lonely Louisville

Today was our first full day of travel in a while.  We ended up just staying at a rest station last night because it was convenient. Our general plan now is to visit the major towns as we head south. The trouble is, the weather is constantly pushing towards being colder and colder. This means...

Continuing our adven...

So we’re continuing on our adventure today and setting off for more southern destinations.  Before heading off though, we decided to go see a few other truly Chicago places. The first of which is the Abt store, complete with waterfalls and fishtanks. This store is hard to describe...

Birthday Blues

So its Andrew’s birthday today, and this year we’ve decided this year to forgo presents in lieu of a great experience (this applies to my birthday too, in December).  Part of the reason is, we are really tight on space and honestly there is not much room for any more stuff. Also,...

Thanksgiving Thursda...

Today we had a relaxing day with our friends – we were all off work and we settled in for a somewhat chilly Thanksgiving...

Leaf it alone!

We’ve been noticing that a good number of people own leaf blowers here – not that we see them all the time, we do. Unfortunately though, at the moment we are also constantly hearing them… almost daily. It’s not like a lawn mower either where you can ignore it after a...

Faucets and other fi...

The van has been sitting in a few pieces for a couple days but we’re not really in a rush as we’re not planning to leave for at least another week, after Thanksgiving. Though, the weather was reasonable today so we had a chance to do a bit of work on it. The delivery of the faucet...

Lazy Sunday

This morning was a bit of a lazy day but we still managed to venture out and get some supplies for the van.  There were a few things we were not able to do before we left which need to be tended to.  One of which is the non-functional wiper motor, the other is changing the oil.  We worked at...

Little people, big c...

We visited Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago today, and it was pretty chilly… Walking around the park, I can see how this would be a great summer venue with the huge open air theater and water park for the kids. In the winter though, they also have an outdoor ice rink. The one thing...

Stunning sights

After yesterday we were itching to get back into the city, so tonight we were headed back for a little more of this amazing city at night. Our friends, Justine and Mick, took us to the John Hancock Tower – an infamous place to see some of the amazing views from one of the taller...

Chicago by Night

We had a great time touring the city and checking out the great buildings, but as it started to get darker (and colder) we retreated indoors for a taste of the Art Institute of Chicago. I will be the first to admit that I know very little about art, but I enjoyed the visit. The Institute is a...

“My kind of town”...

Today was our big trip out to the city! We chose today to go in because several of the places we wanted to check out would be free today (or close to it). Like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Planetarium (while not free, was having a special after dark event). Unfortunately though the...

Working on plan B

So, we were somewhat successful last night; we headed to the mall to talk with all the major providers to see who can do what. Turns out a US phone number with data is possible, even with no contract (so we’re told). I’m still waiting to see if this one is true. The catch? All we need is a US...

Cellphone conundrum

We’re working again today, getting caught up wherever possible. Sometimes its like we have to get as far ahead as possible in preparation for the next time we might be without internet. Since we’ve crossed over from Canada, our cellphones have been quasi-permanently switched off because of...

Scoping out the neig...

Today was a fairly quiet day, our friends went of to work and we did a bit of work ourselves. When they returned we had some dinner and then headed out to see some of the neighbourhood. There are some pretty swanky houses in the area with huge manicured lawns and large chandeliers that you...

Passports please!

Today we officially set off on our southern adventure, three days later than we planned and two weeks later than we originally would have liked. Nevertheless – we departed! Which is, a mini accomplishment as the list of things holding us back seemed to be never ending.  The final thing was to...

South bound!

So it has been a long wait, and a bit longer than we anticipated but we are finally on the road! One of the final things to do is store the motorcycle for the winter.  A good friend of the family offered some space in her garage for this so we took the trip out to Niagara Falls area to drop...