This is Amsterdam, New York our next stop after Sturbridge. It is home to...well.....probably only the one way street pictured above which I managed to drive down before being forced to frantically high-speed reverse away from oncoming traffic (Why or how in the world Amsterdam managed to muster an entire street worth of traffic is beyond us). You might ask why we stopped in Amsterdam? Beats us...mostly a result of searching for a meal. Anywhoo...
Finally we made it to something worthwhile, Niagara Falls (the closest I have ever come to setting foot in Canada)! As we arrived close to midnight, we were simultaneously met by snazzy lights shining from the Canadian side and half the population of Mumbai. Little did I know or even expect that Niagara was such an attraction to Indian tourists. If the abundance of Indian restaurants surrounding downtown Niagara didn't give it away, the unbelievable quantity of Indian street food trucks in the parking lots gave away a slight hint. It was awesome though to snag a cup of Masala Chai to beat the chilly upstate NY breeze!
Next stop Chicago!
And Chicago traffic...not something a loaded down
Black Knight (or Wyoming driver) was designed to navigate
I've had molotov cocktails tossed around me in Athens, been lost in Moroccan shantytowns, and survived more than one Polish Bakery in Flint, Michigan, yet I couldn't help but to expect a street-side shanking or at least a humble subway robbery upon visiting the Windy City. However, I don't think I've been to a cleaner or more enjoyable city!
We spent the morning at the Field Museum checking out the (you guessed it) archaeology exhibits. Lunch was at a magnificent German Buffet followed by some serious exploration of the city. Highlights included the super-cool Chicago Tribune building and some free Blues and Indie Rock music in Millennium Park. After this quick visit, it was off to Des Moines.