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Had a couple of days off work for Easter, so left Berlin for a little weekend getaway to Chicago. Maybe traveling to the other side of the world for just 3 days is a little over-the-top, but I really needed this vacation. Both for my sanity and just to escape the cold, gloomy weather in Berlin right now. I know, I know – Chicago is usually much colder but we were fortunate enough to catch the small window of spring sunshine these past couple of days.

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armitage

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Being the nerd I am, I prepared a Google spreadsheet of all the places to go, sights to see, and things to eat – and scheduled it so we could cram as much of it into the 3 measly days as possible. And not going to lie, we were pretty successful in doing so! Although the real champs are our stomachs for bearing through my hefty list of restaurants, bakeries, and cafés.

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lobsterroll

When it comes to short periods of travel, I believe both in thoroughly planning ahead but also staying spontaneous. That way, you have a plan to start off on, but when you stumble upon something along the way and it feels right, go with it and see where it takes you. Most of the time, those are the things that turn out the best anyways. Coincidentally, I was reading an Anthony Bourdain interview before bed last night and he gets it – “Everything about it was unexpected, but it came together. The beer was cold, the right song — something by Peter Tosh – came on the radio. It was a happy accident, and it was the best jerk chicken I’ve ever had. There’s something to be said for letting great meals just happen to you.” (There was one particular ‘happy accident’ on this trip that was a total game-changer, but we’ll get to that later.)

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