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There was so much fun going on in Chicago. Work at the piano lessons was also intense. However, making video’s was still going on only the Internet connection was very slow and I just could not make the time to write something or edit any of the videos anymore.

The weather was also not really of any help since it varied from extreme thunderstorms to heath going into 110 / 39C. I searched for some cooling in the malls, movie theaters. My favorite was to just step in any buss going South, than change for another one that went to the North again.

I must say that the first bus stop going to the city was to go to McDonalds and have a nice ice-coffee “Frape”!  I loved it soooo much.

You-tubers Nerdfighter Gathering of 2011 was July 22 at 2:22. I came there a bit earlier and found some kids sitting on the pavement just beside “The Bean”. I was there waiting for Dan Brown (POGOBAT), a young 22 y.o. you-tuber vlogger whom I follow already a few years. Actually, ever since his video about his solving the Rubik’s cube. Dan is a very clever, thoughtful guy who is way too mature for his age. He likes to think deeper about lot of topics and especially about universe, religion and politics. I can say it here he might be a future president of the United States of America some day! I really wanted to meet him there but after 40 minutes I left since he did not come. Later I saw videos of the others who posted their footages that he actually came but about an hour later. Too bad for me! I had a list of questions I wanted to ask him and make a little interview with him. Next time I hope to be on one of the places to actually meet him. He is shaping the future young generation influencing viewers to react on the actualities and other important topic’s.

Here you can see my little video about Nerdfighter Gathering 2011 in Chicago.

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Busy days! Indeed, I was trying to cool off a bit after a few days with temperature above 30C even at night.

I made some nice pictures and there is a movie about the last music shop in Chicago and Jim who runs it. This is what he told me about jazz in Chicago:

I also had my first jazz piano lesson here and I must say my sweet teacher was very kind and thank god he understood what I needed to hear. He gave me an assignment to practice…hmmm I hope I will make some time for that these days. But alas Chicago is such a temptation and I still have more to see.

Today Jelena and me went to the studio and a shop of Mrs. Yolanda Lorente. We made there a wonderful footage that I will have to edit and post later when I come back home since I made more than one hour movie interviewing her. It will be actually a portrait of Mrs. Lorente in all her spontaneity, grace and also showing her artistic nature, kindness and joy of life.

Off I go to town now… (it’s 4pm) and catch up some Chicago happenings while the day time.

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Not too much to say, a very hot day, most of the time inside the house. Evening at the beach…

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He-he, to all of you who commented on my empty swimming pool pictures here is the video where you can see me practicing for my swim-diploma-A.

By the way in the video are also some people I met yesterday, but alas, crazy Casio camera that I love so much just does not like to listen and the sound is simply lost in some parts. I was so mad when I noticed it. Why, why, why does it happen when I do have another 2 cameras that never make a mistake? Well, I am so bonded with my Casio since it is so quick and if I want to shoot a movie it takes only one button to press. Canon on the other hand is a bit more complicated and takes time to start the cam, turn the wheel for different modes, adjust the white balance, aperture and booooo it’s 3 minutes gone…

Anyway, a long walk in the city again, Planetarium, Aquarium, Macy’s and Bloomingdales….and of course I met a few people Greg, Prof. Dario (Italian orig.) of microbiology from the University of Chicago. In Bloomingdales I went to a boutique of Yolanda Lorente where I bought something. Later on Mrs. Lorente came in and we had a nice girl talk. I recorded more than 15 minutes video but as I say just a little bit is with sound. But I can not turn the time back so this is it for now.

 

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Independence Day 2011

And there was Independence day – July 4th 2011.

My first 4th of July ! My Independence-Day-virginity is over :)!

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HA, they should have come to Holland for New Years Eve to learn something about our fireworks. But aside of that it was nice, energetic thousands of people gathered on the 25,48 km long Lake Shore to watch these fireworks. I could smell BBQ and see mountains of garbage witnessing how Americans make it a big celebration. To my surprise it took about 20 minutes and it seemed too short comparing to our two hour shows.

In the video you can see beautiful harbor where we went to and watch the show. It was just wonderful to go out and see it all.

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Lazy and very exiting day in front of a TV.

What? Yep, it was better than a movie and still not finished. Just too curious about the final judgment:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/03/us-crime-anthony-idUSTRE7620Y720110703

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I am still “underwater” and my ears are still not stereo. I will wait with the jazz lessons another few days. It’s anyway my vacation time.

We had a big storm two days ago. Some parts of Chicago stayed without power till today. I spent walking around the neighborhood and spent some time with my friend talking mostly about our mutual interests and things that occupy our daily lives now days.

On Friday I also met again with one of my first students who lives here in Chicago and works as a violin teacher.

I did not make any pictures until today since there was some overcast and the light was not right in my opinion.

This morning Jelena took me to Hinsdale where she had to give a piano lesson to one of her students. We noticed some aftermath of the storm with lot of fallen threes on the sides of the road.

Hinsdale is a beautiful small town (Chicago suburb) with an old city center like I remember from the tv show long time ago called Payton Place. She dropped me in the town center. I walked around the little park, the wonderful big library and I entered some shops that were open. This library looked also like the city hall from the movie Back To The Future with the Town Clock and I was wondering weather I was in a movie or it was a present tense. Oh, and there was a cute railroad station too.

I did not expect to see crowded streets but on some points there was really not a single soul walking around. The reason could be the official beginning of summer vacations and also Independence Day weekend. Who would know?

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After all the weather changed and we had a tropical day today going up to 35 C.

We made dinner, my recipe as we called a “Camping Dish”. It was made of some local ingredients and it turned out just fine like at home.

I figured out that the cigarettes cost close to 10 $ WAY way way too expensive to buy any more packages. After all smoking is not in the fashion anymore. I’ll be a good girl, I promise.

Wanna see more? Go and watch these two videos that took more than 7 hours to upload to YouTube. Hallelujah! Thats where the rest of the time went to, now I know.

Keywords± Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Lake Shore

 

 

 

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