It has been a really really too long since my last post! I've attempted to write about my grad backpack trip, but never had the motivation to complete that post. It's almost winter in Chicago now, so I've decided to end this lack of motivation by squeezing a post about this mini trip I took a few weeks ago when it was still fall in Chicago. I will start posting more often, for those who still follow me! Thanks and sorry for the delay! Work life is really different from academic life, and after staring at the monitor all day at work you kind of lose motivation to work more at home.
We visited the arboretum in hope to see fall colors, but most of the trees were still verdant. It was still a beautiful place to visit, but just not as nice as I would have liked it to be.
It was a nice morning to visit the arboretum, as the weather was perfect for walking in the forest
After the relaxing morning walk, we decided to go grab some Taiwanese food nearby, and after eating a ton of authentic Taiwanese food plus ordering a bunch of take out, we finally headed towards the Farnsworth house.
It was about a one hour drive from the Taiwanese restaurants to the Farnsworth house. For those who are not Architecture enthusiasts, the Farnsworth house was designed by Mies Van der Rohe, who also started the firm I'm currently working at now. Although the name of the firm has changed, there are still some remnants of Mies influence on the firm. Mies' grandson also worked in the firm and helped restore and renovate part of Farnsworth house. Anyway, enough of advertising here are some pictures I took when we visited.
As you can imagine, the house would become really hot in the summers, and really cold in the winters. That's part of modernism which has been heavily criticized.
The Farsnworth house is located right next to a river, which is why the house is raised above ground. It will flood once in a while during the year, and ocassionally even high enough to flood into the house itself. According to our tour guide, even a few picasso drawings were damaged during some of the floods.
Above is an image of how bad the floods can be. I also did not include pictures of the bed and kitchen so you can see they are located on the northern part of the farnsworth house. There also used to be a maple tree infront of the farnsworth house, which died due to age. I believe they are currently replanting that maple tree, to restore the original aesthetics of the farnsworth house
Thanks for reading! I just wanted to start getting back into the habit of posting every week again. I have a whole graduate backpacking trip and few other trips I went on to post about. Work life honestly isn't too exciting, it really makes me miss my freedom when I was in school, although earning money is always nice. Feel free to contact me or get in touch with me if you need any recommendations and etc. I will be going back to Taiwan for Christmas, and hopefully I will have more things to blog about then. Hopefully, I'll be posting something new again next week!
P.S Thanks erica for driving us around that weekend
Thanks for visiting my blog again!
12/7/2016 11:30 P.M