Sunday, June 28, 2009

Korea trip Day 1 – Sweet Home Chicago!

Greetings from O'Hare Airport!

We decided early on to go to Chicago for a night before heading on to Seoul. It made a lot more sense. We had a 12:30 flight from Chicago (11:30 AM Boston time), so getting to Chicago, changing planes and getting on our flight to Korea would have required us to get up, well, really, really early. 

The flight to Chicago was very uneventful. We took off pretty much on time and actually landed early. The problem came with what we discovered (or rather, didn’t discover). My thyroid medication somehow got left at home. Now, I could survive a couple of weeks without it, but I would be really, really tired. Needless to say, this is a problem.

When we landed, I called my home CVS store. The woman I spoke to told me that they could transfer the prescription to any CVS, even in Illinois.  After some time on the hotel's business center Internet and a few phone calls, we found a CVS not too far from the airport that could fill the prescription. We hired a cab, drove to the store, picked up the prescription and went back to the hotel. Crisis averted!

I'm hoping that's the biggest problem we have on this trip.

The CVS detour put a bit of a dent in our plans to go into the city, but we still wanted to have some fun. So we took the train into the Loop, got some snacks for the trip at a 7-Eleven, and walked up the Magnificent Mile for a bit. Michigan Ave. was just full of people, so it was a great day to take in the scenery and people-watch.

After strolling around for a bit, we headed over to the Weber Grill. We had read about this place online - essentially, all the food is cooked on Weber grills. We had made a reservation, so we didn't wait too long, but they were telling walkups there was a 45-60 minute wait. The food was excellent - A. had a steak and I had the beef brisket. Both were very good. The kids both had kids meals and these massive malted shakes. They couldn't finish them, even with our help!

Full and tired, we headed back to the hotel for a good night's sleep in advance of today's 13 hour flight. More from Korea, as time and access permit!


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