We have just five more weeks of class work, and actually far less for actual work than just revisions.

It has been a long time since I took a long trip, and I’m beginning to get a little complacent.

I miss the thrill of the open road, food, breeze, adrenaline and plenty fun adventures in good company.

It will be a shame to have lived in Illinois for one year without having visited sights in Chicago.

There is no law against some occasional weekend retreat away from the insularity of a small town.

All work and no play makes KT a boring academic, a feisty blogger and a lame traveller.

…and that’s why Chicago is on my mind.

It is famous for Al-Capone and the drug gangs of the prohibition era of the 1920s.

It is the largest city in Illinois, and the third most densely populated city in the United States

It is the home of America’s tallest building, The Sears Towers, and Grant Park.

And talk show host Oprah Winfrey. And US President Barack Obama. And Nigerian writer Nnedi Okorafor.

It almost won the rights to host the 2010 Olympics.

It’s just five hours by bus from St. Louis, which itself is like forty minutes drive from Edwardsville.

…and that’s why Chicago is on my mind.

….

It’s time to get lost in lights… as soon as possible.

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