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Chicago – Part 2

The second part of photo series of our trip to Chicago in November 2011. The first part can be found here.

Chicago 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

Chicago 2011

USA November 2011

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Chicago – Part 1

In November 2011 Lou and I took our first trip to Chicago. It was only a brief stay, 4 days in total before we flew onto New York and Philly. The flight from Manchester was supposed to be direct, but due to apparent strong jet-stream winds meant that before we had even left the ground we were told we would be diverting to JFK for refuelling. Unfortunately this meant that we were going to be a number of hours late arriving into Chicago.

However, the diversion to JFK didn’t pass without event as clearly the communication between the airline/cockpit and ground staff wasn’t up to scratch as they proceeded to start unloading our baggage. A few bangs on the window by some startled travellers and a shout from the cabin crew fortunately meant that by the time we did arrive in Chicago, at least we had our luggage!

I’ve decided to split the photos into two batches and this first set covers our departure from Manchester and first day or so in Chicago. The main set of photos can be found on my Flickr site.

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

Chicago 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

Chicago 2011

USA November 2011


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Drinking in the New Year!

A (very) short pictorial guide to my New Years Eve celebrations!

The evening started quite early by having to go out and search for fresh mint (to go in the mojitos). Unfortunately the local store was all out and so it seemed only right that a few pints be supped in the local pub before heading home. However, after a few beverages and downloading of a cocktail app, it was decided that we really didn’t have enough booze already and off to Asda it was to get more! The total haul was quite impressive – especially since the only people who were going to drink it was Lou and myself! See for yourself…

Impressive haul

Finally home from the supermarket it was time to get started on the serious business of NYE drinking…The evening started with a few of these…

Bottle in front of Christmas Tree

Bottle in front of Christmas Tree

But then swiftly changed to bubbly and cocktails. Lou’s list of drinks she wanted to make was mightily impressive and I wasn’t sure that it was going to be possible to try them all but I was going to give it a damn good try. By the end of the evening we had supped many cocktails and were content with the fact that we had consumed at least one shot of each from the bottles in the above photo. I awoke this morning without a hangover – which is strange?!! This could always come back to haunt me later…

Happy New Year and hope that 2013 brings you everything that you have wished for. Enjoy!

New Year drinks in front of Christmas tree

New Year drinks in front of Christmas tree

New Year drinks in front of Christmas tree

New Year drinks in front of Christmas tree