Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Chicago - Day 3


In the morning we all met by the beautiful gardens next to the group entrance of the Shedd Aquarium. First we watched the dolphin show all together and then we had some free time to explore the aquarium with our pen pals. We saw the Caribbean Reef, lizards, penguins, Beluga whales and many other sea creatures. At the end we explored the souvenir shop until everyone gathered together for our next adventure of the day.


Our next stop was Northbrook Court Mall. We were divided between a handful of cars and we were on our way. Some people got there on time, some got a bit lost and were a bit late. But everyone ultimately arrived at the DiPescara restaurant for a wonderful lunch. After pasta, chicken marinara and finally ice cream for dessert we were on our way to the tour of the mall. First we stopped at Flash Digital Portraits where we all got photographed as individuals and as a group. Then we went to Aveda where we got some relaxation tips and free gift bags. We also were warmly welcomed by the staff of Stuart Weitzman. They gave each of us a fabulous pair of flip flops. But the biggest surprise of all was the incredible gift bags that each of us received at the end of the tour. We got SO MANY GOODIES!!! ;) Just to name a few things - we got a Juicy Couture key chain, a pink Coach wallet, a Teavana tea set, wonderful products from Sephora, some Ralph Lauren lotion, a Lucky Brand Jeans tote... We all were on the verge of crying from happiness!!! :)


After having the best time ever at Northbrook Court we were on our way to Bonnie Lubin's house that was not far away. After a snack we had some time to talk and reflect on what this journey has meant to us. The discussion turned out to be quite emotional, to say the least. I think that talk changed all of us and we became much closer. Then we had a wonderful dinner all together around a big table. Later we had s'mores by the fire pit. Making s'mores was quite an experience for the Rwandans.

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