It's raining, it's pouring....
Brrrrr, we're not going outside today until absolutely necessary, the wind is registering 8 on the Beaufort Scale, giving a temperature of -23. Argh!! The weather has been doing some very odd things, the beautiful snow covered Lincoln Park turned into a lake when the temperature shot up and it poured with rain, the ducks were actually paddling across the road, it was very funny. Then the temperature went down again, and yesterday every open space was an ice rink, the whole place was shiny, very strange! Unfortunately I forgot my thermals yesterday which I will NOT be doing again. It hurt. Alot.
Before the weather turned all freaky, we made it too Lincoln Park Zoo, just 5 mins walk from our hostel, and free! At first I was really dissappointed because all the animals were inside, with notices saying that it was too cold.
Wanted to steal the monkey...
However, once we found 'inside' and discovered we could go in too, the experience improved! Some of the enclosures were a bit smaller than we would have liked, and the pacing leopard unnerved me because he looked so so bored, but overall it was a nice place. I could have spent hours just sitting watching the monkey play, I don't even think I've got any decent photos because they were too fast! There was one who only had one arm because of an accident, and he was swinging round the whole place on the remaining one, it was cool.
Next to the Zoo is the Conservatory, a giant greenhouse with loads of different types of flowers and plants. There is not a huge amount to say about it, it was good, we spent the time finding plants with rude names and trying to take arty photos, both missions were quite successful!
In the evening we decided to go to a comedy night we had seen advertised in the paper.
Orchids at the conservatory
It featured Sandra Valls, a Mexican lesbian who we had never heard of, but is on TV alot here. We were worried that hardly anyone would be there because the weather was pretty bad, but actually we were lucky to get in! It turned out that she is featured on a prime time comedy show on Showtime, and really well known! She was very very funny, getting away with an awful lot a material that most people wouldn't be able to. The guy who supported her did about half an hour before her, and he obviously could see who the core audience was and tried to play to it. Not surprisingly it didn't always go down very well! Now I'm sure no one wants me to get political, and I won't, but I loved her argument for gay marriage (they don't go in for the Civil Partnership brush off), if you don't want to give us equal rights, fine, we won't pay equal taxes!
Yesterday was President's Day, so not a good day to visit the Aquarium you might think, and you would be right.
A really huge turtle!
We could only go round a certain amount, as we got the free ticket, but it was actually quite big and very interesting. They had some very cute turtles and Lisa was enthralled by the Sea Horses and Sea Dragons. However, it seems that the whole of Chicago
had the same idea, and it really was a close run contest for 'Mother of the Year', hmmm the woman who told her kids off for looking at the displays because she wanted to see the dolphins, or the one who smacked her young daughter round the head for getting in someone's way, or maybe the father's who encouraged their children to bang on the glass to see what they did. We were quite cross by the time we finished.
In order to recover from the trauma, we thought it a good time to visit 'The Cheesecake Factory' a restaurant which does the biggest selection of cheesecakes (as well as other food) that I've ever seen.
Are you enjoying your cheesecake??
I had the chocolate and walnut brownie cheesecake and Lisa had a white chocolate macadamia one. Wowwwwwwwwwwww *drools*. They were HUGE and so so yummy. Actually mine was so big I couldn't finish it but wasn't going to waste it, so the waiter put it in a little box for me! We ate them at about 5.30, and were still full by bedtime, saved money on dinner! Hmmm, makes me smile just thinking about it!
**10 points goes to anyone who said the title Peter Kay stylee**