Satisfied (virtually) St. Patrick’s Day! This weekend I were given to enjoy one in all Chicago’s conventional events- dyeing the Chicago river and the once a year St. Patrick’s Day parade. I had by no means heard of this custom sooner than, and this was once the primary 12 months that Chicago was once in a position to try this once more since COVID started. Sadly for us it was once best projected to be 10 levels on Saturday, and we spent lots of the day outdoor. The river dyeing began at 10am, and so we have been up and heading downtown through 8am. There have been an insane quantity of other people out and about already, and it was once in point of fact atypical for me to look other people start to bar move slowly this early within the morning. It’s conventional for the bars to host parties all day Saturday, and this was once fun to look at.
The parade was once slightly overhyped individually, not anything in point of fact stood out to me. It consisted of a few conventional Irish tune and dancers, after which marching bands that got here in from all over the place the United States. It was once additionally VERY packed, and the density of other people was once so top that I doubt lots of the other people status there may even see what was once occurring. We were given fortunate and have been within the entrance, however I don’t have any want to do it once more.
It’s arduous for me to consider that March is already midway via, as that implies that I can transfer again to Holland in about 6 weeks. I’ve been looking for graduate faculties inside Chicago regardless that, and plan to transport again right here someday inside the following few years. It’s bizarre to me that my existence in point of fact has no longer been going the way in which that I had ever idea that it could, however in one of the simplest ways conceivable. This enjoy has taught me such a lot about myself, and I’m so thankful for the chance to develop right here.