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City view Location: St. Louis It's buildings and an arch. (What you don't see is that Leslie took 20 pictures of this view.)
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Location: St. Louis She wasn't sure how close they would come on the highway, so she started snapping when they crossed the Mississippi and didn't stop until they passed the stupid thing.
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State Number...what is it now? Location: St. Louis Part of the ongoing quest to document every state visited.
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Catholic Guilt Location: St. Louis Also, she was trying to make up for the fact that they had planned to give St. Louis a day and a half, and ultimately didn't even stop for gas. Hence, lots of highway pics. After this, it was just a long day of driving: more of lovely Missouri, then Oklahoma (dubbed *parental advisory* "a fucking hell-hole of a miserable shit state"), and, finally, rest, in Dallas, at 1 a.m.
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Big Art Location: Chicago Leslie, having taken the proverbial wheel behind the camera, makes Bryan pose in front of objects, scenic views, etc. Here he is in front of characteristic Chicago art.
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The El Location: Chicago The explorers wait for the train to take them to exotic (and dangerous at night) south Chicago.
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Moo Location: Chicago Leslie demands a picture in front of the cows and the milking machines. Something about family history...
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It's a...plane...? Location: Chicago Bryan looks at [something] in the Museum of Science and Industry--also the site of fascinating exhibits on the circulatory system, recycling, and AIDS.
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Location: Chicago Bryan is either fascinated by genetically programing his future child OR pressing the pretty buttons.
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Chinatown Location: Chicago On their way back to the heart of the city, our adventurers stopped in Chicago's lovely Chinatown to grab some lunch and look for a full dress suit for Bryan, to wear at all the formal, traditional Chinese events he attends.
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Distracted Location: Chicago Leslie would have bought the hat, but her sense of whimsy ran out 5 feet from the cash register.
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Hey! Location: Chicago What do you know? It's Bryan again, posing in front of something (a telephone poll--but a telephone poll In Chinatown).
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Root, root, root Location: Chicago That's right. They went to a baseball game--their first professional sporting events since childhood bonding with dads. But hey, it's Wrigley Field.
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Location: Chicago When it's been ten years since you were in a professional sports arena of any sort, even the concession stands are picture-worthy.
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Location: Chicago Hey, it's the field! [This picture tries to capture the sense that they were sitting in the Very Last Row. But in the classic old Wrigley Field, as in a Broadway theater, there are no really bad seats.]
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Location: Chicago Hey, it's still the field! In this shot, you might be able to see the crowds watching from the surrounding rooftops.
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Location: Chicago Hey, it's the pitcher getting knee-capped! [After gawking for a few minutes, they slipped out. They had officially watched half an inning of the Cubs/Reds game.]
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Location: Chicago Lake Michigan from the "Museum campus," home of the natural history museum, a planetarium, and an aquarium.
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Next Location: Chicago After the baseball game, they El-ed back down to the Field Museum for a little natural history, particularly a special exhibit on chocolate (sadly lacking in free samples).
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Downtown View Location: Chicago From the musuem. Of the city.
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Leslie and Sue Location: Chicago Said museum houses Sue, the largest and most complete Tyranosauras (just let the spelling slide, please) skeleton in the world.
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Home Location: Chicago Finally, a few shots of their hotel paradise, the Hyatt on Printers Row. Este es "the front door."
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Location: Chicago Este es "the elevator."
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Rm 601 Location: Chicago Bryan's really just taking revenge for a day of posing for pictures.
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Location: Chicago (upsidedown)!Finalmente!
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Fooood Location: Chicago On the advice of Bryan's father, they eat dinner at a boisterous German restaurant. Succulent lamb, turkey, and the best root beer of Bryan's life.
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La Universidad Location: Chicago Our big adventure Tuesday was finding and visiting the University of Chicago, which required further exploration of the L and a 3 mile hike. But the trek was worth it--the campus was beautiful and the neighborhood was very cool.
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Art Institute: Reprise Location: Art Institute of Chicago Tres Magritte, no? We decided to return on Tuesday to catch what we'd missed of the Art Institute before heading south to the University area.
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Thousands of Avalokitesvaras Location: Chicago A shout-out to Clare. I was really thrilled to see all the Buddhist art. Really. Thrilled.