Hi Mikey! πŸ™‹

Get to The Bean a little after sunrise if you want to see pictures with the bean without too many other people in there.

Do the architecture boat tour. I didn't because I normally don't like doing tours but my cousin did it and said it was really enjoyable. Try to do it during sunset so you can see the build details during the day and see them all light up at night.

Same with the Skydeck. We went right before sunset and just stayed up there until the sunset so we could see all the lights. People have also mentioned to skip the Skydeck and go to the bar above the Skydeck.

Yolk is a breakfast place near the aquarium that Thuy and I really enjoyed.

You won't need a car unless you plan to get out of the city. We mostly walked everywhere. Also used Uber/Lyft. Looking for parking would also be a pain.

Thuy and I went down by the water every morning for the sunrise. It was really nice. Lots of runners. I would recommend doing that for a morning if you guys are morning people. I think the water was Lake Michigan.

Below are the list of places we ate at and went to. There is also a list of places I wrote down that my Uber driver told me about but I didn't get to.

Let me know if you have specific questions! Have fun!!


  • Architecture boat tour
  • Grant Park
  • Millennium Park - The Bean
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Navy Pier
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Marina Tower
  • Palmer house
  • Skydeck
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Field Museum


  • Yolk
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
  • Glazed and Infused
  • Lou Malnati
  • Giordano's
  • Portillo's
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
  • Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Notes from locals

  • River North area - for dancing and bars
  • Rush Street - bar strip
  • Wicker Park - hipsters
  • Randolph street
  • Boystown - good eats
  • Green Bill - capob old park

Vietnam! πŸ‡»πŸ‡³

Loose Itinerary

  • Meet Thuy Wednesday in Da Nang
  • A day in My Son
  • A day in Hoi An
  • May hit Hue on the way up
  • Try to hit Phong Nha National Park on the way up
  • Meet Lolo Saturday or Sunday
  • Meet Fu, his mom, Steph Sunday night
  • Sunday night train to Sapa
  • Sapa for the day
  • Night train back to Hanoi
  • Hanoi to Ha Long Bay
  • Ha Long Bay cruise for 2 nights
  • Back to Hanoi
  • Spend a day/peace out


  • Hoi An (pretty at night)
  • Da Nang (French castle)
  • Phong Nha National Park** (ideally 3 days says article)
    • Nearest urban area: Dong Hoi
  • My Son Ancient Cham City (temple) (3 hours from Da Nang)


  • Hanoi
  • Sapa (mountains, rice patties)
  • Lao Chai, Cat Cat, and Ta Phin village (handmade stuff! - just outside Sapa)
  • Ha Long Bay 😍 (I'll bring you the unicorn, Fu πŸ¦„)
  • Ninh Binh (TrΓ ng an scenic landscape complex; Mua Caves)
  • Moc Chau (really green)

Super super north but oh so pretty Vietnam

  • Ban Gioc Waterfall
  • Cao Bang (cascading waterfalls)
  • Ha Giang (need a permit for certain parts ❗)


    Airport Options πŸš€

    • Hanoi
    • Da Nang

    Missions 😼

    • 🏍️ Rent motorcycles/scooters/mopeds
    • πŸ‹ Sneak into a fancy hotel pool

    Links πŸ–±οΈ

    (counting bail money for Fu's πŸ™…πŸ‘– fund)

    A Week in Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada)

    Depart: July 28th
    Return: Aug 3rd

    Helpful Links

    Things to Know

    • Park pass is required for each day at the park


      • Chephren Pass*
        • 4.8 miles // 790 feet
      • Larch Valley to Sentinel Pass to Mt. Temple summit
        • 6.5 miles // 2509 feet
      • Moraine Lake (start of ^ hike)*
      • Lake Agnes*
        • 4.7 miles // 1420 feet
      • Plain of Six Glaciers*
        • 8.6 miles // 1925 feet
      • Lake O'Hara to Abbott Pass Hut (boys) 
      • Lefroy or Victoria (boys)
      • Helen Lake to Cirque Peak Summit
        • 10 miles // 3704 feet
        • Go super early
        • Wear lots of layers
      • Mt. Rundle
      • Bow Glacier Falls
        • 5.4 miles // 872 feet
      • Peyto Lake (Lori recommended)

      Last Day Near Calgary

      • Maybe visit Drumheller last day
        • 1.5 hr drive from airport
        • Dinosaur park
      • New Science Centre
        • interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, and educational demonstrations

      Ryan & Thu's Honeymoon: 2W Thailand, 2W Philippines

      πŸ–±οΈHelpful Links

      ✈️ Flights

      1. Philly > Bangkok
      2. Bangkok > Chiang Mai
      3. Chiang Mai > Manila
      4. Manila > Palawan
      5. Palawan > Cebu
      6. Cebu > Philly


      • Bangkok
      • Chang Mai
      • Temples
      • Food Markets

      Khao Sok Lake (super south of Bangkok)

      • Bungalows!


      • Floating market - eh
      • Erawan Falls
        • 08:00 - 16:30 daily
      • Phartat Cave
      • Huai Mae Khamin Falls

      Ayutthaya (อฒุธฒา)

      About an hour drive from Bangkok

      • Wat Chaiwatthanaram Temple

      Sukhothai Historical Park

      • 06:00 - 18:00 daily
      • $$ admission

      Chang Mai

      • Dragonfly Zipline
      • Jungle trek
      • Bua Tong Waterfall aka Sticky Waterfall
      • Wat Chaloem (top of mountain)
      • Chiang Rai (bone temple) // 2 hours
      • Doi Inthanon National Park // 1 hour
      • Wat Doi