I woke up and the world had changed outside my window. Not the first snowfall, but the first blanketing. More pictures of that on film to come.

The snowplows and cars and feet come and disenchant it all soon enough, so when you wake up and see fresh snowfall, the best time to go out is NOW, with just your one pair of feet. I went walking and let snowflakes fall in my tea, watched them melt on my scarf.

Then in the afternoon, I went downtown to meet my Chicago girl at the Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas market). We had some Kartoffelpuffer from one of the food stands for dinner and I eavesdropped on the real Germans (native accents are delicious for the ears). It was kind of like a Renaissance faire minus the costumes and shows.

We also visited the Lincoln Park Zoo, which at this time of year becomes an electric garden, with lights growing from the trees instead of leaves or blossoms.

[somehow my teeth look ogre-ishly misshapen in the first one and it fascinates me.]

IN CONCLUSION: I love riding the train. I love that I have an old blogger friend who lives nearby. Coming back to campus and my room after an evening spent walking around the wintry big city feels so good that it's worth being cold. And I need to work on this paper. Cheers.


Jenica 12/05/2010 6:30 AM  

You're very right about the first snow. We just had our first a few days ago and it's snowing right now...mmm, I love winter. And running barefoot in the snow. And Christmas lights.
Oh, and that last picture. I quite adore it!

Gretchen 12/05/2010 8:21 AM  

Oh my word, I love you girls.

her chicago girl 12/05/2010 8:21 AM  

I love the one with the reflection--I didn't even notice that was happening!

Holly 12/05/2010 10:42 AM  

Jenica - meee too. December is the glowing portion of winter.

Gretchen - you should come visit us! you could see all your Chicago 20-Somethings too.

girl - I ALWAYS look at puddles...

Bridey 12/05/2010 2:02 PM  

I love those first two photos, but not enough for me to miss winter! Snow is exciting though.

Holly 12/05/2010 5:04 PM  

Bridey - haha, yeah, the cold and dark aren't intolerable yet, but after two more months of it...

the girl from the moon 12/06/2010 5:15 PM  

this is what i've been looking for since t-day passed! i want wintry adventures in a big city with snow melting in my tea and reflections of festive trees in the puddles. but then i remember i'm from a beach town with no snow and that i can just be happy with the fact that it is now socially acceptable to listen to christmas music once again :D

Holly 12/06/2010 5:19 PM  

girl from the moon - well, come visit me!

aipingplum 12/07/2010 2:13 PM  

Sounds like a great day! And I love the way you captured it on camera. I need to learn to appreciate the cold more...

Holly 12/07/2010 3:22 PM  

aipingplum - Fresh snow's easier to appreciate than cold. :P

Erin 12/11/2010 6:25 PM  

your smile reminds me of regina's in the first photobooth one :D

love all of the photos, there is something magic to them...

Holly 12/14/2010 7:36 AM  

Erin - with a totally different bone structure? Actually, I kinda see it.

Camilla 8/25/2013 8:30 PM  

I didn't discover the Christkindl market until 2011, my last year there. What a shame! I would've gone every year. Although if I had I would've gained even more weight than I did between the gingerbread and the sandwhiches and the soups, my word. How am I just seeing this now. I miss you, Holly.

Holly 8/30/2013 1:15 AM  

Camilla - I was lucky and got to stop by one more time for some gingerbread, one evening when I couldn't find my bus stop. :) I miss you too, womang.

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