Be ready for spring and summer! Where to roller skate?

Spring is waiting just around the corner, days are getting longer and warmer, and you probably have more energy than ever in last couple months. This is a perfect time to check your condition and to lose couple extra pounds before the summer. Even if you’re not a sporty person, totally as me, there are at least couple ways to improve your shape, stamina and/or generally well-being, without sweating too much 😉 .

Two years ago I was looking for a place where I could practice roller skating without risking my life. I’ve found a mild trail which I’ve decided to try out. I had positive attitude when I was heading there, but when I saw this place on my own eyes I was totally amazed by beautiful surroundings including woods, lakes and meadows. And the icing on the cake was… the group of elks wandering on the edge of the forest! So today, I would like to show you a beautiful place very close to Chicago, which is perfect to roller skate, even if you’re a beginner. If you prefer, you can also choose this place to walking, jogging, bicycling, kayaking or just… for picknic and lying on the grass and staring at the sky 🙂

Welcome in Busse Woods!


The day when all Chicagoans become Irish

Chicago is definitely the most multicultural city which I’ve ever visited. There are immigrants from the whole world here and when you are walking through the city you can hear probably most of languages which people may know. The biggest national minority in Chicago is Irish but there is one day in a year when Irish population drastically grows and almost all Chicagoans become Irish at least for couple hours- St. Patrick’s Day.

 I have to admit I really like the way how Chicago celebrates St. Paddy’s Day. First of all, this one day Chicago resembles my beloved New Orleans- since the morning, the streets are full of laughing, dancing and/or drunk people in colorful outfits (especially green and orange of course). Secondly, because of this great atmosphere, you can easily feel upcoming spring in the air. And finally, St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago means two more interesting things: great parade in the heart of downtown and morning Chicago River’s dyeing. Do you want to see what I’m talking about? Then scroll down and see pictures!

  • Photos were taken in 2013 and 2015

First Memories

What is one of my first memories from USA? It was an extremely hot day in June 2009. The sunrays were burning the skin and we’re barely breathing because of high humidity level. We’re heading to a Polish travel agency to get some information about Chicago trip’s schedule. We definitely wanted to get to know the city which we gonna be inhabit. We stopped at traffic lights, just next to a pedestrian crossing. And when we were waiting for the green, an old man went through the crossing with his bicycle. Suddenly, he collected saliva, turned to our side and spited juicy on the road just in front of our car. It wasn’t against us, the man just decided to rid of the surplus of phlegm, however it wasn’t the nicest view which I expected to see after over a dozen hours in the plane and stressful airport check-in. It wasn’t a view corresponding with the picture of powerful America which I kept in my mind.


It was my first day in Chicago.

Two years later I came to Chicago for the fourth time and I stayed here. At the beginning of my living in Chicago I was surprised almost every day by American lifestyle, customs, interesting places, TV shows, people’s behavior: generally speaking by everything, because everything was totally different than in Poland. That’s why I decided to write my Polish language blog: Pamiętnik Emigrantki (Emigrant’s Diary). In my initial post I wrote: “Therefore, I live in this, sometimes impressive and exciting, and sometimes depressing and horrific, Windy City, and I observe. I observe and the effects of my observations I will try to put on this blog in order to show how the living here looks like, what are the common customs, what is surprising for us- Poles, Europeans, and how much the truth about US is shown in American movies.”

3,5 years of my living in Chicago and blogging about that have passed very quickly. Meantime, I discovered three important things which make me happy: traveling, discovering the city, and blogging. Why don’t join all of them? While I write a Polish blog for several years, only now I decided to try a new challenge: blogging in English. I will still be writing about Chicago, travelling and immigrant’s stuff, but I hope I could reach more people around the world. And I still discover something new in Chicago and in US, so I hope everybody could enjoy my new blog: Ika in America.

(Please, be gently with my language skills, I’m still working on it.)