DAY 2. 11:02 PM

Chicago Travel Blog

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Inside one of the beautiful churches on the University of Chicago campus.

After waking up from an uncomfortable sleep on the hard lounge sofa, I woke Yuefan up so that we could go exploring around the University of Chicago campus. Growing up in California, I haven't seen real snow in a long time... so you could imagine how excited I was to get out and venture.

We took a trolley into the campus since it was about a few miles away from the campus dorms. Fifteen minutes outside and I already felt the pain of being out in the cold. I did not pack well for this trip wearing only two layers. In California, below 30 outside is a miracle.

We stopped into a breakfast nook to eat a heavy breakfast. The logic behind it was that food would warm me up so that I could deal with the cold.

The Heisman Trophy in the Ratner Gym.
I ordered the steak and scrambled eggs, well done (my favorite breakfast). After we finished, we starting walking around the campus while Yuefan was giving me the 411 on each building that we were going through.

We walked through church buildings, lecture halls, monuments, and museums for quite a bit. University of Chicago is beautiful, even when it's covered in snow. Architecturally beats every UC campus that I've visited, so I couldn't help but take a bunch of snapshots.

I was incredibly cold walking through the heavy snow, so I wanted to stop into the gym to shoot some hoops and lift some weights. The Ratner gym hallway was decorated with awards and Heisman trophies displayed in an awesome showcase presentation. I thought I would bring that up because it's the first thing that I noticed walking into the building.

Fencing with Yuefan at the University of Chicago.
Yuefan gave me a fencing lesson as well. I thought was an incredible classy sport that I could definitely see myself getting into.

We spent about 3-4 hours in the gym, so once we got out... our legs started to buckle. Also, the cool rush of air from the snow breeze hit us in the face so hard that our sweat stuck right to our faces. BURNS...

Afterward, we got onboard the train to downtown Chinatown to get something warm to eat. I remember once the sun went down, the temperature went down like crazy! It was so painful going outside that I thought I was going to catch pneumonia! We had to rush into the nearest cafe we could find. We ended up eating a lot of big meals today, and this was definitely one of them. Noodle bowls, soup, fried rice, etc...

We got back around 9 PM, defeated and exhausted by the cold. I decided to knock out fast. Guess where? The closet. Don't ask. It was the only place that was available to sleep in.

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Inside one of the beautiful church…
Inside one of the beautiful churc…
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The Heisman Trophy in the Ratner …
Fencing with Yuefan at the Univers…
Fencing with Yuefan at the Univer…
Ratner basketball court at the Uni…
Ratner basketball court at the Un…
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