By: Mihaela Gadirca, Work and Travel Summer 2014 Ambassador Scholar

Mihaela Gadirca is a Work and Travel participant from Moldova, working at Oak Street Beach Food+Drink and Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. In her sixth blog post, she shares how she enjoys her time working in the Second City.

20140701_175643Chicago was on my “must visit” list for a long time. As it turned out, Chicago would end up hosting me for more than 3 months. I’ve been here for 2 months now and I am still discovering the beauties of the city. It might sound weird but I am amazed by the public transportation system in Chicago. I am only here temporarily, so I opted for this mode of transportation. I even have an application on my phone that tells you the exact time when the bus will arrive.

All of my days start with a long but pleasant ride. My stop is always Michigan Avenue. Before I start my walk through the city, I need a boost of energy, which I recently discovered is shopping. I like to spend some time at Lincoln Park and Lincoln Park Zoo, even if my time there is limited because the zoo closes at 6 PM. I think it is a small piece of heaven.

Next, we move forward to Grant Park which hosts a lot of music, dance, and food festivals. Lucky for me, I’ve had the opportunity to attend some of them. This is how I absorb energy from the city!

Want to see more? Then check out Mihaela’s video!