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La Crosse, Wisconsin

This past week, Choz and I got to experience the great Midwest for the second time during our extended HIBAKUSHA tour. We made our way to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and again, what a blessing it was to be out there. Ah yes, Small Town, USA in all of its glory. I can't believe it's been a year since our last Midwest trip, but this time, to experience the next few days in the badger state.

Along the way, our friend and Assistant Director of the Multicultural Student Services, Thomas Harris, took the time to take us around the town of La Crosse and experience all the wonderful sites and sounds that it had to offer. Keep in mind that it was below 15 degrees and I haven't seen snow in the last two years... so everything for me took a bit of getting used to.

I love the quaintness and serenity of a calm winter in the Midwest. In another life, I could almost definitely see myself living out here. One place I had to get a picture of was The Pearl, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that is considered a city treasure to this day. They make a mean root beer float!

Choz obviously had to get a picture next to the world's largest six pack of beer. It made his trip worthwhile!

Crazy as it sounds, someone thought it would be a good idea to go up to the top of the Granddad Bluff to see the entire town from the top. In this weather? Thin air? Up there? Sure, why not?!?!?!

Unbelievable view. It was definitely worth it.

The screening was a blast! Thanks to everyone in the ASO that helped organize this wonderful event for us!