Friday, April 30, 2010

Adventures in La-la land

I'm back.

Last weekend I traveled to my old undergraduate college town to visit some my friends. I stopped at a few of my old hangouts: Henry's on Eighth, Louise's Downtown. And I stopped at a few places that I hadn't been to before: a new location of El Mezcal, Tortas Jalisco. It's only been 3 years since I moved out of my college town, but already so much has changed.

The biggest changed that I noticed was this monstrosity. It's a new on campus hotel that is now the tallest building on campus. I suppose that it's a great addition for potential students, alumni, and student's parents that want to be as close as possible to campus.
I used to live where those cars are parked.

But, I still miss the sandwich shop. The Oread Hotel was built on top of the original Yellow Sub Sandwich Shop and a bar called The Crossing. These two businesses had been here for a long time and were iconic for students on campus. I ate lunch at this Yellow Sub when I had my first campus visit in high school, and many times after when I was a student until it was closed down to build the hotel. Although there is still a Yellow Sub in town and there are many off-shoot's of Yellow Sub (called Planet Sub) scattered across the state, I still miss the original location.

I also noticed this thing...


It's a hut of some kind located in front of the former Anthropology building. It stands about as tall as the actual Anthropology building itself. Your guess is as good as mine.

Not only did I have adventures of the traveling kind. When I got back home I was still feeling adventurous and decided to try a new drink: Thai tea from a local Chinese take-out place. It's kind of a reddish brown color and it was sweet to taste. I don't know what's in it, but it was pretty nice.

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