#Personal – Chicago Style

USA flag and stop sign
Our busy everyday lives in the Netherlands have started again. Going to the USA ย for one of our annual family visits this summer turned out to be an amazing all-American experience once again. The last week there we had another campfire, several BBQ’s, went tubing and ate Chicago deep dish pizza. Read about our first week here. Look with me at my USA holiday pictures and find out who was the biggest ‘shopaholic’ between me and my boyfriend Chris this trip!

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I love how you can have big campfires like this one in the US, something which isn’t allowed without a permit in my home country The Netherlands. It’s sad, but since The Netherlands is about three times smaller then the state of Wisconsin I understand why.


On our way to Chicago with Chris’ best friend Andy and his wife Brittany. I’m lucky enough to count these two as my good American friend nowadays as well. Thanks for making our trip extra amazing!


We stayed to long at Old Orchard Road in Skokie, which is near Chicago and is the best mall I have ever been to in the States, so we only ended up having dinner in Chicago. If you’re in Chicago and feel like shopping I would definitely recommend this mall, they have the best stores and the biggest discounts there.

Chicago deep dish pizza

We went for some famous Chicago deep dish pizza, which kind of tastes like a fancy Margarita pizza.

Chicago deep dish restaurant

I’m currently trying to eat a little bit more healthy, not for weight reasons, but for the obvious health reasons so I opted for a minestrone soup and some bruschetta. I love how the portions in the USA are always fairly big, while the prices are (compared to Europe) very low. I would have gotten only two pieces of bruschetta in The Netherlands for the price I paid in the USA.


And if you can’t finish the large portion you get, it’s always possible to get a to-go box. Something which they don’t do in The Netherlands, which I think
is stupid. I mean you pay for the food so even if you can’t finish it you should be able to take it home.

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Both Andy and Chris love to take pictures. Here I caught Andy snapping away at some Chicago buildings in the Lincoln Park area.

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I forgot to post this picture in the previous personal post. This is our reaction after watching Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance. Don’t get me wrong, I love her music, but I feel like her behavior of lately is a bit inappropriate.

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Imitating Miley’s signature pose with aunt Sue! Look how cool this picture turned out! Accidental perceptive snap!

All Chris and my shopping! I must say though that everything we bought was on sale, or we used a coupon to get a discount. Would you guys like to see a USA haul video + tips on how to get discounts when shopping in the States?


But it’s obvious who is the real shopaholic and bought SIX pairs of shoes right? However I must say that he only spend 130 euro in total for all these shoes. A pretty damn good deal right?

Boat lake Oconomowoc

A lot of people in the USA that live near or on a lake (like both sets of Chris’ parents do) have a boat. The weather was super nice so we all decided to take the boat out for a ride!

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Chris’ step dad and his mom on the pontoon boat.

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Chris lil’ sister Ashley and I decided to go ‘tubing’.

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All suited up in our life jackets.

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I love tubing! I’ve done something similar in Spain once (it was a banana we rode) and it costed so much! Luckily now I can do it for free with my boyfriends family!

Tubing Wisconsin

Even falling of the tube is fun!


In the USA you have a drive-in or drive through restaurant of pretty much everything. I knew the drive-through concept, but I’ve never seen a restaurant where you park your car and a waitress will come up to you.

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Cool right?! I think the entire family was pretty embarrassed of me snapping pictures of this for them ‘so normal’ restaurant haha.

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They even have trays to put on your car windows. I only have two words for this: crazy Americans! But fun it sure is.

Golden Mast Oconomowoc

Chris’ dad and his step mum took us out for a delicious dinner at a German restaurant called ‘The Golden Mast’.

Golden Mast Oconomowoc

Here I ate a full lobster for the first time. I do think I will stick to just lobster tail from now on, because except for the claws there is not much more meat then the tail. Some people eat the green inside (brains? Intestines?) of the lobster and call it a delicacy. To us it didn’t look that appealing….

Little Chris

Last but not least how cute is this toddler picture of Chris?! I just want to pinch those little chubby cheeks!

Our stay in the USA was amazing and I want to thank everyone that took such amazing care of us. Thank you, we had the holiday of our lives and can’t wait to come back during Christmas again!

With Love,

Elise Mooijman


  1. Brittany S.
    09/09/2013 / 23:17

    Great Post Elise!! All the pics were great but the memories we create when you both are hear are far greater!!

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