Hey, everyone! I hope you’ve all been enjoying your Thanksgiving break so far! And, just to add even more happiness onto your long weekend (AND because I know that you’re all just dying to know what else happened at the conference!), here’s part II of my AMAZING experience downtown at the American Model U.N. Conference!!
Now, in my last blog post (which I’m SURE you’ve all read by now…right?), I gave you the inside scoop on what happened during the Fourth Committee’s very interesting – and sometimes even entertaining – committee sessions; but when we weren’t caucusing, resolution passing, or just sitting down and listening to delegates go on and on and on about their country’s position on the peaceful uses of outer space (that’s right – I’m calling you out on that, Ethiopia!!); we were spending our time relaxing, meeting new people, and exploring the beautiful city of Chicago!!
Things to look forward to in this blog post: our group’s food escapades, my time exploring downtown, and the moment when I found love; that’s right – LOVE!!!! (….okay…maybe I exaggerated a bit on the “love” one – BUT, that moment was still pretty cute, so look forward to that!)
Anyways, during our first night at the Sheraton; Aleta, Carleigh, and I planned on going out to grab something good to eat, so of course when our first committee session ended, I was super excited to be going out, walking around downtown, and exploring Chicago’s nightlife! Of course, if we weren’t able to find somewhere good to eat, settling on a McDonalds was supposed to be plan B – but either way, I was super excited!! This was going to be my first time being out on my own in the big city, so you could only imagine the immense amount of enthusiasm I felt!!
Unfortunately….our first big night in the city didn’t really go exactly as planned (or as I’d even imagined it would…) Now, I already knew that it was going to be super cold outside during the days that we’d be there, but geez louise – even with all the warm layers I was wearing, it was still freakin’ freezing!!! We left the hotel with the glimmering hope of eating some delicious downtown food, but, we pretty much came back the way we left – with empty stomachs (oh, and our hope was dead…so…I guess that changed…). However, we knew that we couldn’t go a night without eating anything, so, we tried braving the freezing winds once more and this time we at least made it to a nearby Dominick’s where we were at least able to buy a few snacks to get us through the night. A bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos, a pizza Lunchable, and a mini Gatorade – yep, that was my first “grand meal” (sarcasm! -__- ) downtown. *sigh* Yeah, it was pretty sad…especially considering that the other girl group in our Model U.N. team ordered and had Giordano’s delivered to them (why didn’t WE do that! >_< ). But, oh well…even though our first night wasn’t exactly as glamorous as I thought it was going to be, we still had 3 more days downtown – and they couldn’t be as bad as that night was, right? (Don’t worry – they weren’t! )
Some of you may be wondering, “Ummm….what’s up with the weird looking bunny???” Well…I could easily answer that question, BUT, since I want to shamelessly self-promote my other blog posts, you’ll have to go to my blog post before my Model U.N. experience to find out! Bwhahahahaha! (<- Pay no attention to the evil laugh…)
Well…moving on to other highlights! Oh! On Tuesday, I almost ruined my favorite business dress because I ran down 25 flights of stairs – that’s a highlight, right? (Well…maybe not a good one…but it’s a highlight!) Anyways, the story behind that was that Aleta and I were tired of waiting for an elevator (remember – elevator traffic!), so I told her that I could beat her down the stairs before an elevator even came to pick her up. Since I was running down 25 flights of stairs – AND with a lot of warm layers on me because we were going out for lunch – I obviously started sweating and what happened when I started sweating – well…the dye from my cute red blazer started to seep onto my dress’s white blouse and…my blouse ended up with red pit stains! (Maybe this is over-sharing a bit, but hey, it was an important moment during the conference!) Of course I freaked out over this (because this was, after all, my favorite dress!) but just like with any other fashion emergency, mom knows best – so I called my mom, asked her what to do, and she gave me instructions on how to wash off the stains. I pretty much spent a whole hour in our room’s bathroom with my hands soaked in cold water rubbing soap on the “afflicted” area. (Oh the amount of elbow grease I had to put into that…) But the good news is that I managed to salvage my dress!! (Oh, and I also forgot to mention that I won the race – that’s right, I beat the elevator! Almost at the expense of my dress…but I beat it, dammit!)
By now you may be thinking, “Macy, you’ve had a mediocre first night AND you almost ruined your favorite dress because of a stupid race – how could you possibly say that you had an amazing experience at this conference?!?!” Well…I had some great moments too! Like…like for instance! I had a great time talking to the hotel receptionist that night! BUT then again…I was only there because I couldn’t get into my room O_O (we were unknowingly switched from our room to another one that night…soooooooo….that’s why I couldn’t even get into it… -__- ) So, even though the whole “getting locked out of my room” part was annoying, the hotel receptionist was super understanding of the situation and we even talked casually – and, you know, he complimented me several times *cough* no big deal *cough* – as he was fixing the problem (It also didn’t hurt that he was very good looking – so, I guess I didn’t mind the whole “getting locked out” situation, especially if it meant having a nice conversation with a cute guy! ) So there! That was a negative situation that turned into a positive! See, there’s a good moment that happened!
But now, time to move on to one of my absolute FAVORITE moments during this conference!! That’s right – the LOVE moment! (Okay – maybe I shouldn’t call it that, BUT, it gets people’s attention!) Anyways, it was Monday morning, and since I’m kind of an early bird, I had a little bit of time before our first committee session started, so naturally, I decided to go to a nearby Starbucks to get something. I left my roommates a note and made my way to the elevators – which surprisingly came in a fast manner and actually weren’t packed with loads and loads of people! Anyways, I was all alone in the elevator when another fellow Model UNer came in – a cute, somewhat lanky, red-headed boy wearing a nice navy suit that really complemented his hair. (Hey! I notice these types of things, okay?! That’s not creepy of me at all!)
Anyways, it would’ve been awkward to be going down 30 floors without acknowledging the kid or something, so I started talking to him about how his committee was doing in getting resolutions passed. To my surprise, he was also in the Fourth Committee, so now, it was definitely easier for us to carry out a conversation. We reached the lobby and even though he was going to go to the coffee shop at the hotel and even though we were already slowly going different directions, when I told him that I was going to Starbucks, he quickly came back and said that he’d go with me! Now, I was pretty surprised that anyone would want to accompany me anywhere – especially since it was a cute guy – but, I didn’t question the situation and I just went along with it!
I sometimes like sketching out my emotions after anything big has happened and this was pretty much what was going through my mind after my little encounter with Uzbekistan boy.
We were pretty close to each other on our way to the Starbucks and as we were walking, we got to know more about each other. Anyways, when we finally got there, he got a coffee and I ordered a scone, and even though he already saw that I had my wallet out to pay for my purchase, he paid for my scone and handed it to me with the cutest smile I’d ever seen on a guy!! I’m pretty sure that I saw a twinkle in those beautiful dark brown eyes of his and I’m positive that I must have blushed like crazy!!! If my life were anything like my favorite cheesy telenovela, I’m pretty sure that would’ve been the moment when a beautiful Spanish love song would start playing out of nowhere as we both closely gazed into each others’ eyes. (OKAY!! This is beginning to sound like a lame $2 bin romance novel, so I’ll start wrapping up this story now!)
Now, I’m not saying that I suddenly fell madly in love with Uzbekistan boy (his school was representing Uzbekistan) because of a scone, BUT, I will say that that was THE cutest gesture that a guy has ever done for me! I guess it’s also kinda important to note that Uzbekistan had a resolution that they wanted to pass and when we had to vote “yes” on their resolution, well, I’m pretty sure that I was the first one to fling my placard up in the air! To make this even more dorky…I was kinda worried that not everyone was going to vote for the resolution and I kinda…sorta…kept wanting people to raise their placards! Luckily, the resolution passed and I was super happy for Uzbekistan! (Oh, and just an FYI: the resolution did benefit Ghana – so it wasn’t just me voting on something because I was smitten by the guy proposing it; that wouldn’t have been a very delegate-like thing to do!)
I guess the last significant thing to happen to me was my time spent exploring Chicago! Now, I’ve been downtown before (at least 2 or 3 times) to go shopping with my friends on State Street, but I’ve never really been there on my own and with the ability to just do whatever I want. On Monday, we had a 5 hour block in which we could check out the city, and boy did I take advantage of it! (I called it my “Freedom” time…) After eating Thai food for lunch with the rest of Team Ghana (which was the first time I had ever tried such food, and yes, I enjoyed it ), I went off on my own to do some shopping! (I know, it may seem selfish to be going by myself to do things…but…sometimes, I’m just a bit of a lone wolf and I appreciate solitude here and there; that doesn’t mean that I hate anyone though! Well…unless I actually do…but a majority of the time I don’t, I promise!!)
Anyways, during my “Freedom” time I did a whole lot of things! I went shopping at the Water Tower Place, got lost trying to look for a Barnes & Noble and had to return back to the Water Tower to NOT be lost anymore, walked down the Magnificent Mile and ran into a couple with the most adorable English bulldogs I had ever seen (and yes, I hugged and petted them like crazy – with the couple’s permission of course!), watched people skating at Millennium Park, went shopping at various stores on State Street, saw the ABC News being broadcast, ran into the Ford Oriental Theatre and squealed when I saw all the “Wicked” signs surrounding it (unfortunately, it wasn’t being shown that night! I’ve been wanting to see it again!), got approached by a creepy person who I’m pretty sure was trying to enroll me in a scam organization (I told him my name was “Maria” because…well…stranger danger! >_< And is it lame of me to kinda be disappointed in choosing the most stereotypical Mexican girl name as my alias; I mean, out of all the names I could’ve chosen, I chose a boring one! Could we re-do that moment, only this time I state a cooler name?), AND walked a whole lot just to reach the Barnes & Noble at the DePaul Center. At the Barnes & Noble, I bought a book which I’ve been wanting for a long time now – Allie Brosh’s “Hyperbole and a Half” book (which is a super amazing book that I highly recommend buying! Her little drawings inspired me to draw my bunny illustrations and her story on depression really resonated a lot with me! You could check out some of her awesome stuff here if you want : http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/ ) as well as another book that caught my attention. I’ll consider those two books souvenirs of my time spent at the Model U.N. conference… (you know, even though the Model U.N. conference was actually selling official souvenirs and all…let’s just ignore that fact…)
4 moments from my “Freedom” time: Thai food, super adorable doggie (yes – I HAD to take a picture of at least one of them!), ABC News broadcast, and of course, Wicked! I looked like such a dorky tourist taking all these photos…but no regrets!
We kinda had a difficult time thinking of a non-cheesy way to pose in front of The Bean. Aleta said that to take a good picture with The Bean, we must “be” The Bean – whatever that’s supposed to mean. O_O In the end, we just ended up taking cliche selfies! Special thanks goes out to Carleigh for taking this photo!
The next day, I was super excited to be going to The Bean! This may come as a huge surprise to some, BUT, I had never been to The Bean before, so you could imagine how uber excited I was to see it! Even though I would always think that it was super cheesy and cliche for people to be taking selfies at The Bean, I ended up doing just that! On my way back to the hotel that day, I ended up stopping at the Art Institute’s gift shop to see if it had any cool things pertaining to my favorite artist (which I’m pretty sure you all know who by now! ), and I found a little Frida finger puppet!! Ah, another souvenir for this little trip!
I’ll admit, I had such a fun time at the Model U.N. Conference, that during our last two days there, I would sometimes say that I didn’t want to go back to the “real” world; I was a Model UNer and caucusing and resolution passing was what I was meant to do!! But…I guess all good things must eventually come to an end.
I had such an amazing time bonding with my roommates, making fond memories, and I’ll admit, I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up missing some of the people that I met at the conference: China – who was always funny and adorable with her spunky attitude and even listened to me when I was pretty down over a certain situation that happened (We weren’t even in a committee session when that happened! She just kinda came out of nowhere when I was sulking and heard me out on my dilemma! O_O Really, a person never forgets when someone’s there for her, so, I won’t forget that China! ), Colombia – who may have seemed like a hot-shot at first, but once you got to know him a bit, you’d realize that he had a funny side to him as well; like when he and I would both snicker when the chair called out Djibouti’s name (it was funny hearing him say “booty,” okay?! And here’s the part where I realize that apparently Colombia and I share the humor of a 9 year old…) or when he jokingly called out China for giving everyone around her mini-Snicker bars except for him (“Do you know how hard it is to see you all eating Snickers and you don’t even offer me one! And I’m sitting right next to you!”) Mauritius and Zambia – who were the first students we talked to, got to know, and even spend a lot of time caucusing with; and of course, how will I ever forget Uzbekistan boy; Oooooooohhh, Uzbekistan…
Dramatization of me leaving the Sheraton Hotel. This TOTALLY happened – evil vortex and all!
So, as you could already tell, I really, really enjoyed being a part of Model U.N. and now I’m just hoping that my schedule next year isn’t hectic so that I could be a part of it again!
Oh! And last lame point in this post: When we were all being dropped off at SXU, I suggested to Aleta that we all get a tattoo saying “Model UNers 4 Life,” with a skull in the background…BUT…she wasn’t quite fond of the idea… O_O Well, there goes that idea…
Well, that’s all I have for you this week, readers! Thanks for putting up with my super LONG post and I hope I didn’t bore you to death with it! Good luck with any upcoming assignments that may be due soon and also good luck with your finals!!
Until next time!