All of us who are poor and traveling at our own expense stayed at Hosteling International. It was like this mural in the stairwell was made to welcome us - a whole wall with this at its center:
There was very little sightseeing. Actually, there was pretty much none.
But I did get some good eats. I mooched from as many free food events as possible, plus I ate at Yolk, P. F. Chang's (I can not resist chicken lettuce wraps), Eleven City Diner and Miller's Pub. I understand that Miller's is an institution of sorts (good burger, too early in the day for a beer though).
I completely fell apart as far as my resistance to free stuff. I got a few books. Actually, I had to check my bag coming home because it was too heavy for me to lift into an overhead bin.
I also was not going to go to Loopy Yarns, but unexpectedly found myself there one day. Didn't buy yarn. Did buy a bag. Turned out to be very useful. (They were very kind and gave me my birthday coupon from March, which I had not gotten because they did not have my updated email. In the spirit of returning a favor, I sent two people there for yarn and bags. I'm all about spreading the love, dontcha know).
The one good thing about McCormick:
These are the people I saw speak/be interviewed: Steven Levitt, Temple Grandin, Oliver Stone, Alice Walker, Paula Poundstone (and a few other comedians), and Olivia Spencer. More about them later.