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Old 03-23-2017, 09:37 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by loopytheone View Post
I'm gonna assume that hotels in america don't come with complimentary tea.
No complimentary kettle either... electric kettles not really a thing.

Make sure you put your ESTA application in as soon as you have your tickets confirmed.

DO look up things you want to see in Chicago, the museums are amazing. And you can buy a single pass for all the big touristy things for a discount.
Also visit some 'new deal' era civic buildings.. they have amazing architecture, artwork and murals.

You can drive serious distances in a few hours too, so if there are things in Illinois or even Wisconsin(House on the Rock!, Bronze Fonz, that guy who puts Trucks up trees ), Michigan, Indiana or Iowa(Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque!) you think you might like to see, budget for a road trip and an overnight stop. State Parks are always worth visiting too.

Also... pack along some antihistamines that agree with you, even if you don't usually suffer from hayfever, strange pollens can get you.

Your standard issue visa debit card should work almost everywhere, but you may have to run it as a 'credit' transaction. and you can withdraw cash from a machine. 'chip and pin' is a thing in the US now... but your card might not authorise that way... if in doubt, try running it as a credit transaction.

Tell your bank that you are going overseas, tell them to flag your account accordingly. DESPITE THIS... your card may be blocked anyway. If you are lucky, they will call you (make sure your bank has your mobile number and that you have international roaming turned on) before you have an embarrassing encounter at checkout. Don't Panic. Usually you just have to call the number on the back of the card identify yourself and confirm your last three transactions to get it sorted.

For shopping... re.TAD .. visit the mall in Schaumburg(?) everything is there... then have your BF take you to a Sybaris Suite to rest your feets.

ETA... Enjoy your time together, LDR's are not easy.. so make memories
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