Welcome to my Kill to Get Crimson 2008 tour blog!

My name is Isaac, 30 years old from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I have set this blog up for the purpose of documenting the journey I am taking following Mark Knopfler’s Kill to Get Crimson tour in North America, in the summer of 2008.

The North American leg of the tour, as well as my journey, begins June 24th in Morrison, Colorado and ends on July 31st in Miami Beach, Florida.

Even though I intend to write on a daily basis, publishing the stories onto the server would be tricky. After all, we’re talking about vast distances which will be primarily crossed by driving, and there is no way for me to predict the availability of Internet connection throughout the way.

So… make yourself at home and feel free to drop a comment.



Monday, July 14, 2008

Still Downtown Chicago, “ROM”

So I was strolling down the streets of downtown Chicago. There’s a lot to do here—too bad I have to leave soon. But, mark my word, I will be back.

Weather is sunny and warm—awesome for a downtown trip. I would never live in a downtown area of a major city (unless it’s in a decent apartment building / condo, on the top floor, so I can get some peace and quiet; but that costs millions), but I really like walking the downtown area of big cities. I usually take a small backpack, containing my laptop, a camera and maybe a snack or two, and just wander around. You really can’t get lost, even if you want to.

Found yet another gem in downtown Chicago. It’s called “ROM”, which is a pun on “Rome”. An Italian‐style coffee shop / bakery. They have some fantastic espresso but the jewel of the crown here is their specialties:

Sienna: Nougat cream, espresso, whipped cream and nut
Bianco: Chocolate sauce, white chocolate cream, espresso and whipped cream
Taormina: Orange cream, espresso, whipped cream and some orange peel on top
Nocciola: Nutella, sweet condensed milk, espresso and whipped cream

I went for the Taormina. It was so beautiful, that two guys sitting next to me looked at it and said “wow!”. They suggested that they take a picture it with me in the background… so here it is.


Here’s Cosi Sandwich Bar:


Some more pictures from downtown:


Check this out. Insane prices:


Haifa Cafe… My Israeli friends must be laughing now:


There’s free Wi‐Fi everywhere here. Everywhere. Even McDonald’s has its own:


Parking meter is good till 4:00pm and then it’s tow‐away time. I have another hour in downtown Chicago and then off on my way to Nashville, stopping over in Louisville, KY (I think).


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