I can and cant believe that we've been in Madison for nearly three months. For the majority of our days, the quietness and the newness, and the focus on work slows down time in a way that's actually quite beautiful. On one hand, I love the illusion of longer days. On the other, this has felt like the longest winter of my life. March, with its four different sets of visitors, flew by at twice the pace of its two predecessors. Now, on the first day of April, there's still ice on the lake, but the patch of moving water grows wider with each passing day. Spring is taking her sweet time to arrive, but she's getting close.
One of my favourite things about visiting new cities is exploring the endless strange and random establishments that are out there, like this rather deserted bar that inexplicably served us each a complimentary beer.
Travelling with friends who have simliar attitudes, energy levels and travelling styles is the key to an amazing trip. My friend Amanda at Not a Model wrote about this last week (also in reference to a Chicago trip with a great friend, coincidentally) and I couldn't agree more with her when she says, "always travel with people who get you."
All four of us share a philosophy that walking around for hours, stopping only for meals and cocktails, and also leaving any downtown core to explore neighbourhoods is the best way to see a city. Museums and other attractions are great, but not for the first time you visit a city. The first time should be about just soaking up as much of the vibe as you can, wandering with and without purpose, taking it all in. And that we did.
public market and wandering for a few hours before heading back to Madison.