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Unpacking Denver with Nigel Barker

When I was just a teen living in Manila, my brother and I loved watching the show America’s Next Top Model.  It was a big hit in the Philippines at the time, which was surprising considering how far it was from the US.  We would catch it on TV every Friday afternoon, and my brother and I would cheer for our own favorite contestants. It was from that show that I first heard about Nigel Barker, one of the permanent judges on the show alongside Jay Alexander and Tyra Banks.

Fast forward 10 or more years later, my husband tells me one evening that there’s an auction through Marriott Hotel’s reward programs, for a chance to get a private tour led by Nigel Barker himself. Before I could even decide if I wanted to go to Denver, my husband starts bidding on the auction, and two days later we found out we were the winners.

Unfortunately, my hubby couldn’t make it.  But luckily one of my friends was down to join me for the trip.  I had a great time “unpacking” Denver, plus the chance to meet and learn a few things from Nigel Barker was priceless. 

Exploring Montreal & Quebec

I finally got a glimpse of some really nice cities in Canada, during my recent visit.  Although I only saw Montreal & Quebec during my trip, both cities were among the most recommended to me by locals, along with Toronto.  Canada has such an interesting history and landscape, the rest of the country deserves another visit, especially the rockies and the countryside.

Chicago…not just another big city

Truth be told, I had no expectations of Chicago to begin with.  Under the radar – it’s not one of those places you’d see often in magazines or hear about in travel forums, but I was still surprised at how much you could do in this city.

People seem genuinely nice, which is apparently something common among people from the Midwest (although in the map it seems closer to the East).  Even when my good friend from the west coast, Sabrina, came to the city, she also found it surprising that the people were so nice.  Beyond what you’d normally expect in the US.

During my time in the city, I got the chance to experience attending some events I had never tried before.  First there was the Taste of Chicago, which is a big festival of food and music held in the park and attracts thousands of attendees. Other than that there was also mealsharing with a handful of people at someone’s house (mealsharing is a website that connects people and lets you host and attend meal gatherings).  And going to a full-moon fire jam near the beach where hundreds of people gather around a circle and firedancers dance to the beat of tribal music within the circle (it happens every month during the full moon and a lot of locals in the area didn’t even know about it).  Who would’ve thought random people could be so connected in such a huge city, right?

In case you didn’t already know, Chicago is said to be the main inspiration for Batman’s Gotham City.  The first film was even partly shot in this city, not just in New York.  I hope that gives you an idea of how big the city is, and how high the skyscrapers go. Check out the photos I took below and find out what Chicago is really like, if you’ve never been.

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