As they say, all good things must come to an end, and on Monday afternoon, we left Chicago after a week of amazing experiences, meeting amazing people, and playing some pretty damn fine samba along the way!
The morning was spent cramming in the last few touristic and shopping things before we re-convened back at 1312 W. Shubert, to finalise packing and get on the road.
Ruth was on the case for transport, and were expecting a couple of SUVs at best, so we were pretty surprised when a stretch limo pulled up outside the door!
We all piled in, in high spirits, and a bottle of sparkling wine was produced, just to complete the experience!
Thankfully, the flight was uneventful, and ran exactly to time, and at 8am yesterday morning, we were back on Irish soil – tired but happy to be home.
Already, we have been in touch with some of our Chicagoan and Evanstonian friends to share photos, and ideas. This trip is only the beginning!
Before signing off, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank some organisations and individuals who made this trip not only possible, but very successful:
Evanston Escola de Samba
Music Institute of Chicago
Isaac de Leeuwe
Craig Baxter @ GoHop.ie
All the members and Board Members of Evanston Escola de Samba
All the people who gave us lifts, provided advice, etc.
We couldn’t have done it without you, and we hope we can return the favour some day!