Intro / Last Weeks in Champaign, IL

My family is leaving my hometown on July 26, 2014,  and driving West. Our final destination is Palo Alto, California (My Dad’s taking a semester-long sabbatical at Stanford University), but we will be stopping along the way for sightseeing. I will stay in Palo Alto for about three weeks and leave for Taiwan around August 23, although my travel agent hasn’t sent me the itinerary yet.

My blog is structured into three main sections, each one corresponding to one part of my upcoming year. The first is Journey West, where we will drive to Palo Alto. The second is California, where I spend three weeks in Palo Alto, California. The third is Taiwan, where I will live in Taipei for a year sponsored by Rotary Youth Exchange. To see all of my posts in order from most recent to oldest, click on the title of my blog at the top of the page, “A Gap Year In Taiwan”.


 

Here are some of the things I did in Champaign before I left.


Birdwatching that was organized by a very knowledgable classmate in Meadowbrook Park

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In the forest


Champaign County Fair

I’d gone last year and really enjoyed the change in atmosphere. I went two nights in a row, and ate a donut burger, deep fried oreos, nachos, and drank a ton of lemon shake-ups.

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4H Club

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Fairground rides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In Indianapolis, we stumbled upon a Family Day celebration in a park

There was a concert, a World Cup soccer game displayed on a huge screen, lots of food stands and TONS of people. Last summer, around the same time of year, we’d seen a similar festival going on in the same park as we drove towards downtown Indianapolis. Now we were in the middle of it.

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Spicy Mango Drink

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Ice Cream Cart