From the Windy City to the Motor City: Chicago, Detroit & Buffalo

25.09. – 03.10.2019

The Chicago Riverwalk – the 1st photo I took back on US-American soil

I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago but it was never “on the way” while living / traveling (in) the South, the East Coast and the West Coast of the United States. Thus, this time, it was! 🙂 I fell in love with this city the first time I saw the river walk – in the middle of the night. Maan, my host, welcomed me in his amazing apartment Downtown with the best view ever and convinced me to stay for a week. Thanks for your hospitality! 🙂

I had a wonderful time there – went on motor and sailing boat trips on lake and river, got to know great people, discovered downtown, the parks, and the shopping district. The weather was mostly on my side, too. The sun was out and it was almost as tropical as in Mexico. 🙂 But of course, there were also some rainy days which I used to chill, work, swim, and to visit the planetarium, the aquarium, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Chicago History Museum. Very recommendable!

Well, the day came that I had to move on. Having arrived in Detroit in the early morning, I discovered the whole city on foot, looking at the nice university buildings, the stadiums, and the many theaters downtown. Afterwards, I crossed over to Windsor, Canada, through the tunnel but came back to the USA a couple of hours later.

View of Detroit from Windsor, Canada

Now, Buffalo is a city very close to the Niagara Falls. I stayed with a wonderful person there – Ahmad. He welcomed me to his home, went on sightseeing trips with me, and just spent his free time with me. That’s another thing I love about traveling the world – those very welcoming, hospitable people everywhere! 🙂 I definitely recommend everyone to try couchsurfing – its an incredible way to get to know the real culture of a country by living and spending time with (very lovely and hospitable) locals!

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