Yesterday, Torsten and I were having lunch at the little Italian place down the street from our apartment when he idly asked me what I'd like for my birthday, which is in March. And I really didn't know what to say.
It was the first time, really, that there just hasn't been much that I need or want. Part of it is that in general if there's something I want, I just get it, like a pair of boots or whatever. And part of it is that I'm gifted out. I have all the jewelry I need, and I don't want jewelry to become the standard gift for Torsten to get me anyway. I have a great camera, an iPod, and a cell phone--what other gadgets do I need? Nothing, really, or at least nothing that's in our price range. Sure, I'd take a Nikon D300 with accompanying macro lens, but the multi-thousand dollar price tag is just a tad more than we want to spend.
Anyway, I mulled over the question for awhile, and then I realized that really, if we're going to be spending money on things we don't need? I'd rather go somewhere fun than get something tangible. I don't have any spare vacation time, but my birthday falls on a Sunday, and I can get that Friday off through my compressed workweek benefit, so we could easily take a three-day weekend somewhere not too far away.
And the best part? I suggested the weekend getaway, and then we both sat there in silence, and then I said, "I'd like to go to Chicago" just as Torsten opened his mouth to say, "Chicago?" Because we're good like that.
So when we got home I went on all the travel deal websites and found us a fantastic package--round trip airfare plus three nights at a nice hotel for an extremely reasonable price. And the flight is even out of a local airport, so we won't have to break that vow I made about not flying out of BWI again.
So! We're going to Chicago for my birthday! And I am REALLY excited. I haven't been to Chicago (debate tournaments at the University of Chicago excluded) for five years. It's one of my favourite American cities, and in fact for years I wanted to live there, until I realized I probably couldn't handle the winters. I loved it so much that I already own guidebooks about it--that I've read cover to cover. Seriously, it's a fabulous city.
What about you? If you were taking a weekend birthday trip, where would you go?
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