Chatterbox #79 – Maura’s road trip: What actually happened

This past July, Culips podcast host Maura took a road trip west through the United States, into the Rocky Mountains, and then east back across Canada. Before she left, she shared her plans in the Culips episode Maura’s Road Trip, and now she’s back with a new episode to tell you what happened while she was on the road. Maura’s been posting pictures on the Culips Facebook page and talking a bit about her trip there, but in this episode, she gives even more details about her adventure. So sit back, listen, and imagine taking your own road trip!


Expressions included in the learning materialsroadtrip2

  • Color Jam
  • Heavy on the stomach
  • You answered my question
  • Sulphur
  • Breathtaking
  • I think glacier, I think cold.
  • To go with the flow
  • Cowtown
  • Insane
  • Mosquito city
  • The Forks
  • All in all
  • Win-win

Sample transcript:

Harp: Today, we’re going to be doing a Chatterbox episode. That’s where we chat. We talk about different things, either in the news or current events, sometimes we interview people.

Maura: Right. And that’s kinda what we’re going to do today. If you’ve been listening to Culips for at least a couple of months, you may remember an episode where I talked about a road trip that I was going to take. And I’ve been posting some pictures on Facebook as well to show you the really interesting places that I visited. So, now I’m going to tell you a little bit about my trip and Harp’s going to interview me about what I did.

Harp: Definitely. I know I’m very interested to hear what Maura did on her road trip, so I thought you all would be as well. Let’s get started. So Maura, where did you start your road trip?

Maura: Well, first, I drove to visit my family. And my family lives just outside of Toronto. So we visited with my family for a couple of days, and then we drove directly from there to Chicago.

Harp: Oh, exciting. I remember you telling me about it. And how was Chicago?

Maura: It was a really, really cool city. And it was really exciting to drive up to Chicago because there was a big bridge so you really felt like you were entering a different place. And as soon as we got to the city, there were a lot of streets that were closed off. But this is because there was a street festival and there was a show going on. There was always something happening in Chicago.

Harp: So what did you see when you were in Chicago? What was your favourite thing?

Maura: Well, my favourite thing about Chicago is how much art they have outside. So, when it’s the summer, I don’t like to be inside, especially when it’s a nice, warm day. But I really do like art, and in Chicago there was lots of art outside. There was something on at the time called Color Jam and there was a certain street corner where every corner was painted a different colour. So that included the sidewalk and sides of the buildings and even street lamps so that was kind of fun.

Harp: Very cool.

Maura: We also went to Millennium Park, which also had some really cool stuff in it as well, including these really big video projections that were actually fountains. And it was just a city where the people were really friendly. It had a really laidback feel to it.

Harp: Very cool. I saw that you ate some deep-dish Chicago-style pizza.

Maura: I did. I was really excited to try the pizza. And I can tell you that it was very heavy on the stomach. There was tons of cheese on it.

Harp: Yeah. It looked like there was a lot of cheese. I’m sure it was good.

Maura: It was pretty good. I like cheese, so…

Harp: That’s cool. So where did you go after Chicago?

Maura: After Chicago we drove a lot, trying to cross states. Now I don’t know if I remember all of the states correctly, but…

Harp: I was just going to ask you.

Maura: We drove through Wisconsin and Minnesota and Michigan. That’s not the right order, just so you know. And eventually we got to North Dakota, which is when the landscape started to look really interesting and we saw the Badlands. Now, the first time you asked me about my road trip, Harp, I talked about going to the Badlands in Alberta, in Canada. But, just by chance, when we were driving through the US, we found there are Badlands there as well. So we visited those instead because it was already on our way.

Harp: Yeah, definitely. The pictures looked amazing from there.

Maura: Yeah. So, it was pretty cool. I really enjoyed the landscape. It was just something so different from what I’ve seen before, which is always cool, when you go somewhere and you see something that you really have never seen before.

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