My Guster Field Trip

I wish I had some great "I flew to Europe to see them story," but while the distance is shorter I think my story is pretty cool. I spent my 25th birthday at a Chicago Guster concert. I think it may actually have been my best birthday ever.

I'm always on the look out for nearby Guster shows. Of course when I saw that they would be playing in Chicago on my birthday it was a no brainer. I would have to go on my own, but it would be so worth it. I ordered my tickets, booked my train trip, and made reservations at the Hostel in the Loop.

It was my first experience with Amtrak, and it wasn't a bad one. We had a few slow moments, but we still made it into Chicago on time. They were able to check me into the hostel early. One weird thing was the assigned your bed and I ended up on the top bunk. This comes into play later.

I walked around the neighborhood and ended up getting stuck in the rain. My one pair of shoes (remember I'm staying in a hostel) were sandals with leather straps. I didn't think much of it at the time, but this would come back to haunt me later. I got ready for the show, and walked to the Block Party where the concert was held. I was ready with bubbles and ping pong balls in my purse. No one was really up by the stage, so I easily made my way to the front. Soon other fans began to congregate, and we all quickly became friends.

The concert was awesome. They played Either Way and I was all kinds of happy. I was close enough to the stage I could basically touch Ryan and Adam...all was good in the world. Plus I made some really great friends.

I made my way back to the hostel, and of course all my roommates were asleep. Trying to get into the top bunk in the dark isn't as easy as it looks. My legs were barely long enough to maneuver the "ladder" plus it is dark AND I am trying not to wake everyone up.

I woke up the next morning to gashes and cuts on my feet from the sandals. My roommates were all up and ready, so I was able to take a nice long shower to clean them up. I tried putting my shoes back on and it just hurt. I made my way to the red line and to the Belmont stop. I stopped at the first store I found. Amazingly, I found a pair of amazing flip flops for $5. I switched them out, and went about my shopping. After a great day of shopping, I met up with my new found friends from the concert for drinks...and even met someone special.

Seriously, it wins the best birthday award by a long shot.


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