Road Construction and Driving
Well, I guess we all have to pay a toll at one point, and St Charles is no different than any other city in the Mid-West. The harsh winters and all that salt and sand thrown on the roads during the never ending months of winter do leave behind nasty holes on the roads. So when driving, especially at the end of winter, pay attention to the road. There are roads where you literally have to go from one road hole to another in order to move on! At that point you may think that relief is on the way since you also noticed those road repair tracks and the road workers. And yes, relief is on the way but not for too long because a patchy job is always a patchy job! Plus, it seems that the road construction never ends here. So always pay attention to the road you drive on and listen to some nice and relaxing music. It may help calm you down when you hit that road hole you did not notice until the last minute!
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Where is the world are the parking spots?
Oh, well, you came to St Charles and now you need to find a parking spot. So where in the world are the parking spots? Everything is full! And yes, parking spots fill out quickly especially during the summer and on weekends when there is always something going on in St Charles. So how can you find a parking spot? You have few options here: either come to St Charles early in the morning, or drive around until you are lucky and somebody else leaves and you can take their place. The other option you have is to drive to one of the stores, park your car in their parking lot and pretend that you are a shopper in the store. Most of the parking spots there are reserved only for the store customers, so you may need to go in the store and browse a little. If you leave your car in the parking lot reserved for the store customers only, you may need to come back from time to time and check on your car, to make sure that is still there and it was not towed away.
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Well, this is not only the Mid-West, but it is also close to Chicago, so the weather is changing so often and so fast that you never know what to expect. There are sunny mornings when you say "Hey, what a nice day we'll have today" and by noon thick clouds may roll in, a sudden storm may start or the wind, oh, yeah, the wind will blow like hell! And the wind blows in St Charles, too! I guess it is not far enough from Chicago and the town had to inherit the wind :)
And we all know that Chicago is called "the windy city", but ironically enough, the nickname has nothing to do with the wind that blows almost constantly in the city and the Chicago suburbs.
This being said, always be prepared for a change of weather when you expect the least!
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