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Title: SUMMER IN CHICAGO: Topics: My First Impressions of Chicago Compare and Contrast My Culture with US C


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SUMMER IN CHICAGOTopics My First Impressions
of Chicago/ Compare and Contrast My Culture with
US CulturePhotos by Pattanan Boonkong
  • I Am Stuck Between Two Cities
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  • I arrived in Chicago from Krakow at the end of
    April. It was very cold and rainy. It was a long
    day for me, because of the time difference. I
    visited downtown and I was very excited. I have
    lived here for three months, and I like this
    city. One reason I like Chicago is because it is
    located on Lake Michigan, one of the five Great
    Lakes, and I enjoy water and every sport
    connected with it (swimming, sailing and diving).
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  • Chicago gives me a great opportunity to study,
    rest, and have fun all in one place. However
    the things I most hate are public transportation
    and over crowded streets. It takes too much time
    to get from place to place. So maybe life in
    general would be easier in a smaller city. In my
    opinion, I think that it is easer to live Krakow
    than Chicago.
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  • Krakow is a very old city, much older than
    Chicago. It is a big city as well, the second
    largest in Poland. There are not as many
    skyscrapers and other taller buildings, but there
    are a lot of older ones. The entire Main Market
    Square is listed in the UNESCO List of Word
    Heritage. This market is very beautiful, and is
    the biggest market square in Europe. There are a
    lot of pubs and coffee shops. The pubs are
    located in old buildings which are over a hundred
    years old. There is a very special climate and
    culture, you can feel the spirit of this town.
    Unfortunately, there isnt any type of lake in my
    city. Therefore it is not easy for me to choose
    which city is better for me to live in.
  • Rafal

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  • Manu said
  • My Second Summer Class
  • I love the summer class we always have something
    to learn from them.My first summer class it was
    beautiful, but this one is was the best one the
    trip, the experience and the new friend we meet.
    Every trip is was interesting, full of color and
    emotion my prefer it was the cancer park and the
    library of Chicago, two place of sapience and
    quiet both they a lot in common, my experience
    here in Chicago now is grow up, because I learn
    to watch every thing whit different eye.I always
    love understand the story of Chicago city and now
    I know more its not a lot but I can start
    something from this one, Chicago is a beautiful
    city full of magic, and people a perfect
    combination.But this experience is was more full
    because of a special person travel whit me
    all-time, whit her I see a lot of staff and know
    more about my new house, I going to sad thanks to
    her and to great teacher follow us in this
    beautiful summer class, I want pass more time
    like this go around Chicago and learn a lot of
    this beautiful city.Thanks for everything Manuel
    Artiano Manu

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  • Una said
  • My First Summer ClassThis class is the fifth
    class of me in BIR. I found many things different
    from another class that I used to study before. I
    can join with another student in the group that
    the teacher assigned to do the project together,
    and I got a lot of new experience.The first I
    can go out every afternoon class, so interesting
    because of I have to go the place that I never
    seen before and some where I never thought that I
    will go, for example, the cemetary the place that
    made me think and relies about the life, finally
    we will go to the same place. I am so sorry I had
    missed the beautiful trip, Boat trip. My friends
    told me this trip was very nice and they can see
    many place in Chicago. But for me the most
    beautiful place is Garfield Park. I really like
    this place because they have many beautiful kinds
    of plant and sorce of them,especially I can see
    the plant that came from my country, Thailand
    such as papaya tree, jasmine and orange tree. The
    next reason, this class gave me the freedom of
    thinking,I can write everything that I need and I
    can show my inspiration in the space that I have
    to built.All of them that I said were made the
    class colourfull, but Lynne Sabas made the class
    perfect. I never scary for think in this class.
    Thank you for teach and take me to know many side
    of life. I like this class.
  • Sirilak Mongkolsri

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  • Slawek said (
  • This class is my second in this scholl, so that
    means its my first sommer in hereI really like
    it this term because we travel a lot to many
    diferent places where i never been before.For
    example, the cemetary the place that made me
    think and forgot about the life.there was
    beautiful places that we went to, but the most
    fun and relaxing trip was on the boat.We travel
    around Downtown Chicago, toward the lake michigan
    and back to city. Last week we went to beautifut
    place called Garfield Park.I really like this
    place because they have many kinds of plant,
    especially I can see the plant that are in my
    country too.Chicago is a greate and beautiful
    city and place where you can live and travel
    every day, because there is so many places to
    see. i want to thank to my teacher Lynne Sabas
    for all that she show to us and teach in this
    beautiful summer term Thank You!!!!!!
  • Go Go said (
  • Pattanan BoonkongMy First Impression of Chicago
    The first impression of Chicago for me is at
    OHare International Airport. The first day that
    I arrived Chicago by plane, I walked in the
    passenger path way, I was really surprised
    because of the music mixed with lightning show
    along the way. It means to me welcome to city of
    art and music. I have never seen before the city
    like this before. You feel relaxing after a long
    flight. Chicago has the best environment. The
    great lake, which names Michigan Lake, contains
    deep- blue- clean- fresh water. The beaches along
    the lake are beautiful, in summer time people do
    many activities there such as swimming, walking,
    playing volleyball, and so on. Chicago has
    another interested atmosphere full of many
    skyscrapers. The beautiful tall buildings are
    located along two sides of Chicago River. Sear
    Tower is the most famous building. Michigan
    Avenue is the most important shopping street of
    Chicago, brand name shops such as Gucci, Prada,
    Louis Voitten, Apple, ect., are here.

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  • Anna said
  • I came to Chicago with my future mother-in-law,
    and I was very glad that I wasnt alone. The main
    reason I came to Chicago was that my boyfriend
    moved here. I was very excited because we didnt
    see each other one year. In the plane I was
    thinking about everything but especialy about our
    meeting. On the other hand I was affraid because
    I have to live in new place and with new
    peoplemy future parents-in-law. Also I didnt
    know any English. But for my surprise many Polish
    people have lived in Chicago. First day we went
    to know our neighbourhood, and I recognized that
    I didnt feel strange in this city. Nearby our
    house are Polish stores, restaurants, churches,
    travel offices. That means for beginning I didnt
    have to know any English. In Poland I had lived
    in village and first things I could say about
    Chicago were big roads, big trucks and lowly
    flying planes because we have lived here near
    Midway airport. When I came to Chicago, I heard a
    lot that life in Poland is better and happier
    than in the U.S. In the U.S. everyone thinks only
    about money. I was disappointed that everyone
    said this to me. In Poland, people think the life
    in the U.S. is very good, people are happy here
    and everything comes easy. In the beginning time
    in Chicago when I visited some friends and
    family, the main topic of conversation was job
    and salary. I could recognize what was important
    for people in the U.S. Everybody said they didnt
    have time to visit friends a lot because they had
    to go to work. In Poland its a little bit
    different. I can say that people dont live only
    for money. They have time to visit family during
    the week, not only on Sunday.Now that, I have
    been living in Chicago, I see that people were
    right. I dont have time to spend with my
    husband. Maybe I have time, but he doesnt have
    it.

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  • Mike said
  • I came to Chicago on May 4, 2004. It was the
    biggest adventure in my life because I have never
    been far away from my home before. I remembered
    my first impression here was the scene of the
    Skyline of Chicago from the airplane. I was also
    caught of guard by el, brown line. I got on the
    train to downtown to explore Chicago, it did not
    make me feel disappointed at all. I experienced
    many beautiful buildings in Loop, all of them are
    both tall and nice architecture. However, I had
    to construct with many difficulties in Chicago.
    As I described on the beginning, Chicago weather
    is not the same as my home country. Thailand is
    the hot climate country so I am familiar with
    summer at Chicago. On other hands, winter is a
    big obstacle for me. The temperature in Thailand
    is only 15 to 17 celcius degree while Chicago
    temperature goes below 0 celcius degree, freezing
    point. It took me many weeks to adjust myself to
    the climate. Transportation is another major
    difference. Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) makes
    my life easier than Bangkok. In Thailand, I drove
    a car everyday, the traffic in Bangkok is so
    jammed. At that time, there was no rapid transits
    like skytrain and subway. In addition, the taste
    of the food is unlike from my home country. Thai
    food is really spicy but the food here is not
    spicy at all. There are lots of butter, cheese,
    and cream in American food so it takes me a
    little while to familiar with them. Finally, I am
    really glad to live in Chicago. I love many
    things here, such as buildings, public
    transportation, environment, etc. I would
    recommend that anyone who will travel to the
    United States should make a stop at Chicago.
  • Pae said
  • Payungsak kiatruangkit (Pae)My First Impression
    of ChicagoThe impression of mine was the first
    time I saw the first snow. Hornestly, snow is the
    reason that I decide to come to Chicago. The
    first time I saw snow was very dramatic. On that
    day I woke up because I heard my roomate
    shouting. He said that it was snowing. Then, I
    looked out of the window. I saw something strange
    fallen down from the sky. I ran out of my room
    suddenly and stood out at the middle of the
    street in front of my apartment. I felt something
    cold and soft touching my skin. It was white and
    clean. I streached both of my hands out and tried
    to catch the snow. It was unweight and tiny. Ferw
    hours later, the path along the street, tree
    branches, lofts of th the apartments bacame
    white. It is different from my homeland,
    Thailand. We do not have snow and we do not have
    to wear any sweaters or overcoats to make us warm
    because it is hot all year. For me, I rarely wear
    jeans. I usually wear shorts because it makes me
    feel better and comfortable. The temperature
    there has never belowed zero. It is alomost 100
    farenheits or above.Thus, it is truly that I am
    very excited about the first snow. Moreover, I
    can say that I will never forget the impressive
    moment that I see the first snow in Chicago.

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  • Om said (05 Aug 08, looking at version 1)
  • My first impression of the city of Chicago was
    cold weather. I arrived Chicago on January 2006
    which was the coldest month of the year. In
    contrast, it is never cold in Thailand. At first
    I enjoyed the cold weather and beauty of snow.
    However, I miss Thailand and its hot weather
    after spending 2 years in Chicago. Although
    Chicago has a long winter, it is beautiful in
    summer. There are a lot of events to join and
    lake are open to enjoy the weather.Chicago is a
    metropolitan city with a good combination of
    quiet residential area and busy downtown, unlike
    New York City which is very busy city. Everywhere
    is crownded with people and building. There are
    different cultures and communities in Chicago,
    such as, Korean, Latino, Chinese, Greek ans more.
    People came from many countries which is
    different from Thailand.

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  • Amal Kimawi said
  • My first impression of the city of Chicago that
    it is very big city.I rememberd when I went from
    the airport to the downtown hotel that I got
    scared and was thinking to move from Chicago to
    smaller place.Next morning,when I walked down in
    the street,going to the famous parks and getting
    help from many freindly people to find my way,I
    changed my mind.Chicago is the one of the biggest
    cities in the world.It has many attractions and
    muesuems.It also has one best schools and
    universities with all different branches.That why
    many international students prefere to study
    here.Chicago has all cultures and people here
    from all background.There are many thing to do in
    this city . There are more than 10 different big
    muesums and parks. There are many resturants with
    foods from all over the worlds.There are many
    attractions for children to play like six flags
    and navy pier.Public atransportations are
    excellent.I like every thing in Chicago except
    the winter as a from the Middle East.Chicago
    other name is The Windy City which I discover it
    later.Otherwise,the summer here is the best and I
    hope it stay for longer time.
  • Kim Hyoseong said (
  • I will discuss about people, places, things and
    things to do in Chicago. Also, I will compare
    with my country about those.
  • At first, I think about the people in Chicago.
    What I thought about is that most of people are
    very kind and friendly. For example, when I
    arrived at the OHare airport, one guy was
    waiting for me. He was very nice and kind but he
    let me take wrong place. I was afraid because I
    did not speak English fluently as well as now.
    Fortunately, one woman who was in front desk of a
    dorm that I was helped me very kindly. Although
    it was very small thing, I was impressed because
    as you know it is very nervous to be unfamiliar
    place alone. In our country in general, most
    foreigners said that Koreans were very unkind
    when they meet them at first but after they spent
    time with them they could find the fact that
    Koreans are not unkind and they really want to
    try to give foreigners real love not just
    kindness.At second, I think about the places.
    When I saw the skyline of Chicago at first time,
    I just could not stop being admired because it is
    very beautiful and elegant. I would tell the
    skyline of Chicago is the best in the world and
    each building has their own character such as
    European style and Egyptian style. If you are an
    architect, you should visit Chicago. Contrary to
    capital of Korean, the buildings in Chicago are
    more cultural and elegant than Seouls. In Seoul,
    the buildings do not reflect our traditional
    culture. They have quite differences, I think
    both of them are very nice though. Moreover the
    people in Chicago can enjoy the arts, for
    example, Chicago has a lot of museums and
    galleries. Furthermore Chicago has a huge and
    clear Lake Michigan. It looks like a sea. When I
    went to the lake, I was impressed because of size
    and clearness. I heard the government try to keep
    the lake clean and has a law about banned the
    pollution by ships. I think it is very good
    attitude for environment. So it makes people can
    enjoy playing and swimming in the water. Also in
    Korea we have a lot of beautiful places in
    nature. We have a lot of mountains and lakes. At
    third, I think about things and what we have to
    do in Chicago. As you know, Chicago has a lot of
    festivals in the summer like Jazz festival, Taste
    of Chicago, etc. I am very lucky because I can
    enjoy and be part of them. In Millennium Park it
    has a big stage. So a lot of musicians come to
    there and play music or held concerts. We can
    rest on the grass peacefully with music. One
    thing I was surprised is Rainbow festival. It is
    for gays and I heard this festival is one of big
    one in Chicago. I wanted to go there but I could
    not. Why I was surprised we do not have any
    chance like this festival. Even though the
    thoughts about gays are changing now, we still
    mind talk about gays. For example, one actor in
    Korea came out that I am gay but people did not
    like him. As a result, he could not act not any
    more. I think it is sort of freedom. Fortunately
    these day people are respecting others thoughts.

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  • yan said (05 Aug 08, looking at version 1)
  • Different Education The education in the United
    States is very different form China. I had
    experenced the two kinds of education Firsthy,in
    traditional Chinese school,the schedule is really
    long a day.we usually take eight enen more hours
    study each day. Unlike in China,I just take three
    hours class a day in the United states. It
    sounds easier than before? The answer is exact
    mot.This is the cecond difference. From primary
    school to university, we always have two
    semesters a year. There are two big exams of each
    semester.We donot have pressure about study. How
    ever, there are four quarters a year in the
    United States and we have exams , tests everyday
    even every class. So I think we have more stress
    with study than in China.Teachers is another way
    to defime the two education. Chinese teachers
    dress fomal, students feel a little scared all
    the time. In contrast to China, teachers in the
    United States just lide our classmates, dresses
    are same to us. Furthmore,we will have fun
    together. Two countries educationn is completely
    different, but each one has its special way ,its
    good or inferior way.

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  • JEEJEE_ said (
  • My first impression of the city of Chicago was
    the weather. When i first got here, it was
    freezing. There was snow everywhere. It looked
    beautiful. I was home sick because it was too
    cold to go out anywhere at that time. It was
    sooooo boring to stuck at home. I really wanted
    to go back home. Now,i have more friends and have
    more things to do. I do miss my family and still
    want to go back to Thailand. However, its not in
    the mood to go back at this time, i still want to
    learn more things about cultural and people of
    this city,Chi-Town. I think that Chicago is the
    good place to study. There are lot of good
    schools here. Most of the people here are nice
    if comparing to New York. Its not too big and
    not too small.Im still not sure if i will apply
    for MBA here or not becauce i cant stay cold for
    too long. I dont know what its going to happen
    and how long im going to stay here. I like
    changing. At this time, Chicago is just
    PERFECTO for me. Thank for reading guys. Enjoy
    _
  • Nonnie said (
  • My 1st impressions of Chicago
  • Ive been here about 8 months. The 1st day i was
    here is 12/06/07. Yes, it was winter which means
    that its my 1st time that i saw snow,and i think
    its too much snow. I was very excited and cold.
    My host family Kelly picked me up _at_ Ohare
    airport. While we was in the car driving to her
    house, it was a lot of traffic jam that made me
    feel like i was in Bangkok. I though that its no
    traffic jam in Chicago but its not. A couple
    days later, i went to Water Tower.Its crowded.
    I think that people in here is so nice. They are
    always smile to other people, even they dont
    know each other. About the city, I think its
    not too big which i can go around the Loop in one
    or two days by walk. Its a lot smaller than
    Bangkok and also a lot more beautiful. I think
    its good for me to stay here because its a good
    weather(not too much pollution as Bangkok), but I
    still prefer to stay in Bangkok with my family.
    Moreover,I hope one day my family could be here
    with me.

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  • Tukta said (
  • My First Impression of the City of Chicago.I
    come to Chicago because I went to study English
    language, work, travel and exchange culture. I
    just come here for 1 month so I went to some
    place but it wasnt many place. My favorite place
    which I most like is Lake of Chicago because it
    looks like the sea but it isnt salt. Many times,
    I go to the beach, some times I go to the beach
    alone but some times I go to there with my
    friends. The transportation is comfortable, I can
    go to anywhere by trains and buses. The people in
    Chicago are friendly, they are say Hi, How are
    you? with everybody. The buildings are beautiful
    especially the buildings are in downtown. When I
    took the bus in the night, the light from
    buildings is wonderful. The difference between
    Thailand and Chicago is the weather. The weather
    in Thailand is so hot about 35 40 degree C and
    it is hasnt snow. I never see snow. I hope to
    see it here.
  • Shuang Gu said (
  • My first impression of the city of ChicagoI have
    been in Chicago for a half year. Now I love this
    City more and more. It was the winter season of
    2007 when I came here. The first impression is
    cold, more snow. It snowed one time in ever week.
    Although it snow frequently, the city is
    beautiful!!! The city after snowed likes a world
    of fairy tale. The white is so shine, also and
    fresh air. Except snow, the Chicago also is
    windy. Native American calls it windy city. So
    windy is a mark of Chicago.
  • The Chicago people is nice group. In public, when
    I looking for some location on the map. you may
    accept some help form some persons. As a alien, I
    felt warm in Chicago. Chicago is a famous history
    city in USA. A lot of famous historical
    architectures in Chicago, the noble Chicago
    museum, the extensive Michigan Lake, the thriving
    business centre, Sincerely Chicago is a big
    Museum of architecture. When people talk about
    Chicago, we can not ignore Michigan lake. the
    most excellent printer can not draw its scenery.
  • Comparing Chicago with my home city, Beijing, the
    environment is better but much colder. Anyway I
    like this city and the people who lives in
    Chicago!!

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  • seul gi gu said
  • 5 oct 06. I arrived in U.S.A.It was a my first
    visiting time in U.S.A. So everything was a
    marvel for me. First time, i lived in virginia
    with my aunt, uncle and my cousin. When i arrived
    Washington Dollars airport, my feeled little
    afraid because everything was new and i couldnt
    speak in English. Also, people were different to
    me. On my way, i was looking around. It was so
    clean, silent and peaceful. Until so far,
    virginia is a good place in my memory. And then
    after 1 year, i want to live by my self. So i
    moved to chicago. That day was a night time and
    snowing. So outside was too dark and so cold.
    Next day in the morning i went to the downtown
    and i saw the big and beautiful buildings. It
    looked like my country. Ofcourse smaller then
    there. But anyway it seems to be Korea, so i love
    chicago.
  • Thoucharin Ruttan... said
  • My first impressions of the cityof chicago.I
    came to chicago on January. When I got here it
    was so freezing and the snow was all over the
    street,the backyaer and the house. I couldnt go
    out side for a week because I hadnt gotten use
    to it. Most people are really nice to me, may be
    they think Im a tourist. Everyone keep telling
    me the summer is so nice, I cant waitting to see
    it, Until today I love summer really much, its
    similar to Thailand but feel different. I have a
    lots of things to do on summer,I can bike, going
    to the lake, swimming and barbeque. Chicago has
    many Thai restuarants and that makes me not miss
    home so much. The thai food here is tast good and
    similar to my home. I love chicago because the
    places are beatiful,people are relly nice and the
    food is so good.

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  • Punpid Khomhomrune said
  • My first Impressions of the city of Chicago.
    Chicago is a beautiful city. It has a good
    transportation, tourism location and also it is a
    economic city. I like how they do the city
    planing. They have a tourist attraction in the
    city and also the big company all over around the
    city too, so it is advantageous for Chicago
    tourism business.
  • I like the weather here in Chicago. They have
    winter activities and also a lot of summer
    activities that you can do many kind of
    activities. For example you can do Ice skating
    in winter, riding a bike on Summer etc.
  • Chicago is very lovely city, I love Chicago.
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