Monday, July 07, 2008

From Chicago to Madison

Yesterday we took the 2.5 hour drive to Madison, Wisconsin to visit family up there. I have never really paid attention to the scenery on this drive before (and I've been going for 30 years). But living abroad does strange things to your sense of observation and gives you a better appreciation from where you came from.

Anyhow, I really enjoyed the drive. Probably the first time I can ever say that. There were fields of purple clover lining the roads, lots of open fields filled with corn, and cute little red farm houses scattered between billboards advertising cheese and fireworks. That pleased me the most--a billboard that advertises cheese AND fireworks. I mean, what more in life is there?

My other favorite billboard simply said, "WISCONSIN FUN, THIS EXIT". I have no idea what the fun involved as the billboard did not specify, but for me it probably would have consisted of getting a slushy from 7 Eleven and buying something under a dollar from a vending machine.

In any case, it was a great day, got to see family and watch a sunset over the flat Midwest. I'd forgotten how low the sun can go as in Switzerland you never really see it set with all the hills around where we live. It was a nice thing to relive.

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