A Short Trip North

Hello World !

I haven’t posted in quite a long time ! Two years to be precise. Don’t you for a second think that I spent all this time just sitting around at home and forgot about traveling. I traveled quite a lot ! I’ve visited Europe last summer and taken short little trips to Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee and most recently Madison, Wisconsin.

This post is dedicated to Madison, Wisconsin because I was surprised of the beauty and scenery of this capital city. Driving into the city is a magical experience ! Lake Monona lies right at the edge of the city when you drive on Beltline Highway. I spotted many canoes on the lake, bike riders and runners along the lake shore exercising.

The first stop I made was the Wisconsin State Capitol which reminded me of the Cathedral in Helsinki because of the huge dome and large steps. Upon some research I discovered that the Capitol dome is topped by Daniel Chester French’s guilded bronze statue, which is called “Wisconsin”. Pretty cool, right ?! And the most awesome part is that the interior dome of the rotunda is decorated by Edwin Blashfield’s mural called Resources of Wisconsin”. I then begin to drown in self pity because I didn’t go on a tour of the State Capitol…but I always cheer myself up by saying that I will return to each city to find even more unknown city gems !

When I saw the lake driving into Madison, Wisconsin, I knew I needed to take a picture of the exquisite city view with the lake in the forefront. The center of Madison seems to be built on a hill making it no surprise that Vilnius, Lithuania is a sister city ! The lake views are amazing and peaceful. I decided that this would be the place where I return this summer to kayak (even though I don’t know how to !). There were many fishermen trying to catch fish perhaps for dinner.

In conclusion, I can definitely recommend Madison, Wisconsin for a day trip ! The lake makes it a perfect city to relax in, grab a kayak and paddle around !

Until next time !

The CrAzY Explorer

A New Adventure

The travel adventures began New Year’s Eve. At the last minute I decided to leave right after midnight on our trip to Canada if we wanted to make it to Montreal on time. Because of this arrangement, my brother and I ended up “celebrating” the New Year in my car on the intersection near the Trump Tower in Chicago. It was very amusing and different compared to past celebrations.

The rental car that took us from Chicago all the way to Montreal! It's a 2013 Nissan Altima.

The rental car that took us from Chicago all the way to Montreal! It’s a 2013 Nissan Altima.

Once my brother and I got to O’Hare International Airport to get a rental car, the real circus began. Dollar Rent A Car was one of the businesses open twenty-four hours, including New Year’s night. The bus that takes passengers from the terminals right to the rental car office ran every twenty minutes, including New Year’s night on the arrival level. For some odd reason, we were waiting on the departure level. After waiting for about thirty minutes, I got very irritated and called the Dollar Rent A Car center. A man answered my call and then he transferred me to a woman who told me the bus will be there shortly. Twenty minutes later and still waiting on the departure level, I called again, but this time I was very furious. I complained about waiting for about an hour and no bus having passed by. I was again transferred to a woman who told me the bus will be there momentarily. Again, we continue waiting on the departure level. Twenty minutes later we decided we had enough of this and we will take a taxi to Dollar Rent A Car, which is about ten minutes away. My brother went to the arrival level to see if there were any taxis available. Moments later he returns and asks me in a very soft tone: “Maybe the buses go on the arrival level?” And with this sentence I realized how dumb I was for waiting over an hour on the wrong level and calling the Dollar Rent A Car center making a huge deal of a problem that never existed. I still feel ashamed that I called the customer service center for a “fake” reason. But at least now I know that if there really is a huge problem, Dollar Rent A Car will definitely help me!

In my next few posts, follow me, as we make our way to Montreal and enjoy our time in Canada!