The Windy City
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Once again we wait for the train to come in to take us from Minneapolis to Chicago. It is approx 2 1/2 hours behind schedule. The journey takes us through some very pretty country. More snow and open plains but eventually the snow becomes more sparse. The ever entertaining Amtrak staff are right on form on this journey. The cafeteria car has been renamed after the person who is operating it and he tries many innovative ways to entice us down to make a purchase.
The conductor at one stage tells us to keep a lookout shortly after we leave a stop for eagles. He saw in excess of 75 perched in trees around a small body of water the previous week and indeed a national newscaster had taken a film crew there and it featured on a news programme during the week.
My flu is really making me miserable and the accompanying headache is hard to focus through. A young man who had been sitting in front of us shot back into the coach from a walk to the lounge car and was standing near the next coach door looking worried. An announcement cam ove the system for conductors to go mto lounge car immediately and two do so promptly. We ask the young man what might be happening and he and another woman said that they were in the lounge when a 6ft 4 inch 300+ lb male had burst in shouting "God Is Great".
Once we get into Chicago we taxi to the Hostel Arlington and it is a huge hostel and very warm. I spend another day in bed trying to rid myself of the flu and improve my back. On the second day rug up warmly and venture out. I spot one of the native crested red birds but I cant remember it's name. Meet a woman at the hostel from New Orleans, about my age, who is homeless after Hurricane Katrina. She is great company but has a long way to go to mentally heal from what she has seen and gone through. Find a huge op shop and browse and get some great books. It is a pretty city and very vibrant.