Home of Jazz – Chicago – JAZZ CLUB  – Kingston Mines

I was lucky to spend an evening at a jazz club in Chicago – apparently, a must on the to visit list when you are in the city. Chicago has one of the best jazz and blues clubs and when I questioned my friend about the difference between jazz and blues, he explained that they are both the same. Interesting fact: the name “blues” comes from the expression “to be blue”. Back in the day, when life was tougher, people used to gather together after a day of hard work to play music that expressed their emotions. People felt blue and music helped them open their hearts and be free. That is one of the reasons why we can say that jazz is music of freedom.

If you have never heard live jazz before, the first time might be a little challenging. For a rookie, it will sound like a crazy mix of guitar, vocals, drums, saxophone – they all mix into a dynamic rhythm. I was lucky that my friend instructed me on the best way to listen to jazz. First, you choose a table to sit – facing the stage, make sure to get a drink! You need to see the musicians, watch their faces, feel their passion. After one drink, you will feel more relaxed, this is the moment when your feet start to beat to the rhythm. After several songs and one more drink your head starts to shake, your hands and shoulders follow the moves of your feet and head. And this is the point of risk – you either stay where you are and keep watching the musicians, or you jump out of your seat and start to dance. Your moves will repeat the energetic rhythm of the song as you shake every possible part of your body. And this is how you express your soul’s freedom. Congratulations, you have opened your heart to jazz.

Tip: more drinks equals better moves 😉

(All I have is a collection of videos from Snapchat)

((Location of jazz clup Kingston Mines is 2548 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA  opened everyday till 4AM))

 

 

It was a Thursday, and the club was open until 4am which is rather unusual for Chicago as clubs and bars close at 2am. Europeans may find this strange as it is a little early. I was finally able to get an explanation from my friend who was born and raised in Chicago. He explained that generally, bars can sell alcohol until 2am on working days and 4am during the weekends, however, some are granted permission to prolong the time (allowing bars to sell alcohol until 4am on working days and 5am during the weekends). Of course, this means that rules are stricter for these bar and club owners who must pay a little more. Fairly, this kind of permission is distributed evenly around the city.

Now we know why it is impossible to party till the morning in the US like it is in Europe. That’s why you hear Americans say that “European parties are the craziest”, which in my mind is not always true.

Michael Jackson’s HOUSE (Gary, Indiana)

On another one of my mornings in Chicago, I decided to join my sister on a road trip to Indiana – Illinois’s neighboring state that is a 2-hour drive away from Chicago. As we were in a completely new area, we agreed to explore around a little and found out that Michael Jackson was born in one of the small cities close to Michigan lake. For all the fans – the name of the city is Gary, the population is around 78,000 people.

The town is quite small, but it does have its fair share of shopping centers, cinemas, theaters, and restaurants. Of course, the main reason for which it gets so many visitors is the house where the King of Pop himself was born. It was quite easy to find, as it is located on an intersection named after the Jackson family (Jackson Family Blvd 2300 Jackson St.), so the directions were pretty clear. 🙂

 

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On the outside, a high black fence that keeps the fans out is the only way in which the house differs from the neighboring houses. Of course, nowadays, nobody lives there, so the place is more of a tourist attraction.

 

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Nutella-Land!

May 31st – a significant day for all the Nutella lovers. The first ever Nutella café in the world has opened. Where? Of course, in my lovely Chicago. It was the grand opening: for the first three hours, it was open only for VIP guests such as celebrities and food bloggers. From 2 pm until 8 pm it was open for everyone else. Not surprisingly, the line to enter was very long, stretching at least a hundred meters from the entrance. We didn’t feel like standing in line for hours would be a good idea, so we decided to come back the next day. Read more ›

BLACK&GOLD

Saturday evening is the time when you just want to leave all your work behind and spend some relaxing time out especially if its rooftop party season. Our plan was to attend a MOËT party at the Cloud 9 bar located on the rooftop of Prague’s Hilton.img_7375b-e1498141742664.jpg

When it comes to weekend evenings, my rule is to always try clothes that I am not able to wear during the week days. I am not afraid to experiment and go for daring outfit, my advice to you is to do the same 😉IMG_7341b Read more ›

Fairy Blue Dress👗

Finally, summer is here, it’s June!

Hopefully, all the rain and wind are going to stop and we will have real summer days in Prague. But during the windy days, we can still create a chilly summer look during the work week.

The crucial role of the whole outfit is played by, no doubt, the blue ASOS dress. It reminded me a little of old-fashioned denim overalls, and we all know that fashion tends to come back.IMG_7158c

Of course, this dress doesn’t look like the ones our moms wore in the 80s. It is a wonderful combination of an old-school dress with contemporary details like the wide belt and the narrow hem with a long cut on the back.

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To complete the look and make it more suitable for the windy weather, I decided to match the dress with a white sweater which was the perfect choice for a casual office look. The sweater is a V-neck that is parallel with the dress’s shoulder straps, so everything looked symmetrical.  Read more ›

🍨🍮🍭🍪☕️ WAF-WAF in Prague

 

Recently, a new creperie has been opened in Prague around the Letna area, its name is as fun as its waffle toppings, but more on that later. As a huge fan of anything and everything sweet, I could not overlook the place and paid a visit a few days after its opening.  Read more ›

Sugar Factory – Sweet Heaven

Having arrived from Miami back to Chicago, we decided to dedicate one of our evenings to the Sugar Factory – a place highly recommended by a friend. The place is probably well-known for Chicagoans, but for me it was a completely new discovery of sweet heaven.IMG_6806

The Sugar Factory is a combination of a candy shop, fancy bar, restaurant and café with an amazing variety of desserts, milkshakes, cocktails, and hot drinks. Read more ›

London at first sight

Welcome to my blog and my very first post, my friends 🙂

 

Let’s see what London can show and say in 5 hours.

IMG_4208aOnce we landed at the airport, the first thing that caught my attention was the ethical diversity among the airport staff. The second is the positive attitude, English people are very polite, well-organized and well-mannered, and this is an ethnic particularity. We used to hear many stereotypes about the locals. The first impression I got from people at the airport made me break these stereotypes in my mind. Instead, I was greeted with warm treatment, and amazingly, immigrants learned to act the same way.
IMG_4192aI spent only 5 hours in the city but it was enough to fall in love with London. Indeed, this city is unique. You will not be able to find anything like it in the entire world. Generally, Great Britain is located on an island which makes it a country untouched by other cultures. In addition, the country has a rich history; especially London – the city with a long biography as a capital.

 

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