After working 5 closing shifts in a row (Plus yesterday and Thanksgiving, which by the way… happy belated Thanksgiving to you all), I finally got a day off… which, by the way, I decided to end this birthday week (Last Sunday, the 18th, was my birthday (29 years old… jeez)… and yes, I am officially one year away from turning 30. O_O’) with a huge bang: Traveling to Chicago (On the North side, when I got to celebrate it with my babe, Touré. It was really fun). Today, was a different story…
*The heart shaped mug I will explain in a little bit. Also, I thought this was a nice, random pic I took*
Today, Alex and I decided to meet up downtown, to go through this event that they have there, called Chriskindlmarket (Yes, that’s one word).
They actually have it in a few locations, however…, we decided to go to the one downtown, cause A. He’s actually been going there for 5 years (This was my first time there), and B. It’s downtown Chicago, ya know. It’s our favorite place to go and visit. I will explain about this market more, but first, let me go back a bit… to my roots.
After finding out that NONE of the train stations in and around Joliet goes to Van Buren Street and Millennium Station (Boo… wtsf! -_-), I decided to go back to my childhood area that I used to pass and visit by: Harvey. I thought for sure it would take me 50+ mins to get to the train station, but.. it only took me 40. Thanks Google Maps…!
*Ah… the old sign. Hasn’t changed a bit, despite it fading away.. and slowly being destroyed*.
*Well… I’ll have to keep that in mind, the next time I decide to take this train station to Van Buren…*
*Even though I never use 10 day passes (That will change once I get my own place next year), I’ll also keep that in mind.**Raised near Sibley Blvd. in Calumet City, almost my whole life…, until several months ago…, that street will never fade, no matter how old I get.*
Nothing much has changed, except for the new pay parking machine, and possibly the new pay phone inside the station. After looking around, regaining my memories and looking around to see if anything has changed since the last time I been here (More than a year, actually), it was time to get on the train.
*If you’re like me, and get really bored on the train, music really helps with the train ride when you’re by yourself. Also, I was really jamming to this and a few other songs along the way. Good ol German Afro hip hop.**While riding the train to downtown, I noticed that there were almost no cars on the road in certain spots on the South side of Chicago.**..and here we are, in the Loop!*
While I was waiting for Alex to arrive, I decided to take a sneak peek at the German Christmas market. It nearly took my breath away.. it was huge, and festive! They had German food, hot chocolate, gifts, spiced wine, bier (That’s German for beer), hot apple cider, and more! When we finally met up (I was really filled with a lot of excitement, cause of two things: A. I finally got to see my travel bff again and B. German gifts, food, drinks, and other gifts from around the world and here, in Illinois!! Also, it was the perfect time to practice my German, too), we decided to go in and check out Chriskindlmarket 2018!!
^ These are the pics I took before I caught up with my travel bff, by the way.
*Those cashews were really good.**Little souvenir cups. They’re so tiny and cuute!* *Hot coco in this little heart shaped mug**Alex ended up getting hot spiced wine.. and look, he got the same mug as I do! We’re so alike!*
After we ended up getting stuck in the crowd at the market (NO JOKE… it was so crowded, that no one could even move during certain areas of the market), we decided to go to this restaurant downtown, where they have all you can eat stir fry.
They have really good food there! Will def go back there again!
Now what would our trip be without… BUBBLE TEA!!! Welcome to Vivi Bubble Tea!
*I’ve never heard of 3Q Milk Tea until I came here. I’ll have to try it next time Alex and I go here*
*Macaroons!! This place really reminds me of a cute Japanese restaurant. I actually love it!**Taro for me (I’m in love with the Taro, lolol), Matcha for Alex.*
*Ending my birthday week with my travel bff (…Are we matching again?? Omg, who would’ve thought! Heeeey!!). All in all, I had a total blast! A trip to downtown was exactly what I needed.. as a stress reliever, and a childhood dream come true. :)*
We’ll be heading back to the Chriskindlmarket real soon, before it ends on Christmas Eve. Until then… we’ll be back, downtown Chicago!
*Alex and Sasha*
*Yea, I don’t look like I’m 29…, but hey, I’m gonna make my goals and dream a reality. So far.. I made one of my childhood dreams come true. The rest will fall through. 2019, here I come.*