14 Mar, 2016 in Illinois
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As I was making my way west from Urbana-Champaign towards a visit into the past in Topeka Kansas, I decided to make a quick stop in Decatour. As I was going off the highway I saw a sign leading to the Chevrolet Museum Hall of Fame Museum. That sounded interesting, so I decided to go have […]

18 Jan, 2016 in Illinois
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Illinois is very flat, and it gets the somewhat deserved reputation of being a bit dull, especially in comparison to other areas in the US with much grander natural scenery. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to do, there are some lovely national parks and natural hikes in Illinois, and the Matthiessen State Park Hiking […]

21 Nov, 2015 in Champaign Urbana
Japan House UIUC Champaign Illinois (15)

Champaign, Illinois. A little town a bit off the main tourist areas, 3 hours down from Chicago, 2.5 hours from Indianapolis, and about 3.5 hours from Saint Louis. People who visit Champaign usually do it for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), a well-known high rank mid-western university. I admit there isn’t much to […]

27 Aug, 2015 in Champaign Urbana
UIUC campus Urbana Champaign Illinois (11)

What a year. In a stark contrast to my previous life at Hong Kong, the year at Urbana-Champaign proved challenging in almost every regard. Urbana-Champaign are sleepy twin towns in the middle of no-where cornfields at the flat-land Midwestern Illinois state, whereas Hong Kong was one of the world’s largest urban insanity, and so I […]

23 May, 2015 in Springfield
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Springfield (8)

Illinois is very proud of its affiliation with Abraham Lincoln and the capital city of Springfield offers many attractions related to the beloved president. Together with a short visit to the Illinois old state capitol building and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, I also visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated to […]

22 Apr, 2015 in Springfield
Lincoln Home National Historic Site - Springfield Illinois (2)

Illinois, unfortunately, is not a major tourist destination with the obvious exception of the city of Chicago. It’s rather flat and cold, and its history isn’t as exciting as other states in the US. But, Illinois is especially proud of one thing in its history – Abraham Lincoln. Illinois even markets itself as the "land […]

7 Mar, 2015 in Springfield
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To get away from my middle of nowhere Champaign over in the often (somewhat justly) overlooked mid-west, I made my way over to the Illinois capital city of Springfield, marketed as the ‘city of Lincoln’ and the capital city of the ‘Lincoln state’. There are a few interesting attractions in the city surrounding the (peculiar) […]

9 Dec, 2014 in Champaign Urbana
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Less than an hour away from Champaign Illinois is the little town of Arthur, with a vibrant community of Amish. Though the Amish are generally considered to be quite reluctant to connect with the modern world, the Arthur Amish are generally very open and friendly and Arthur is now promoted as no less than a […]

23 Nov, 2014 in Champaign Urbana
Robert Allerton Park - Illinois (1)

Moving to live in Urbana-Champaign I had very little expectations regarding things to see in the area. The reputation of the twin towns as being mostly corn fields is well-deserved, although my wonders around the world have taught me that there’s something to see almost anywhere. But, still, the Allerton Park 30 minutes …

22 Sep, 2013 in Chicago
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Since having moved to Hong Kong I can’t help myself but visit the China towns in places I visit across the world. Most North-American cities have a large population of Chinese immigrants with a lively China town and I find it absolutely fascinating how culturally enclosed those neighborhoods usually are and how those stand in […]

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