Holiday Inn Express Benton Harbor
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So 5 days until the long drive out west, and I'm finally getting excited about it. Not that I wasn't before, it's just that now that it's almost here, the excitement level is rising. I'm at home for the last time for a while and then I'll head back to Taylor for a last few days of hanging with the guys from my wing (floor of my dorm) (now being referred to as 3C from now on). I'm pumped to watch the Super Bowl and hang all day Monday and Tuesday. We (Max, Ryan, and I) will ...
... of the baby Jesus. Most impressive to the kids were the scenes made out of bread dough (Ecuador, "Flying Camels") and Korean paper (Korea, "When the Magpie Sings"). Here is a PDF document describing all of the nativity scenes in detail.
We then attended Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. It is amazing that such an incredible work of art is right here in town. The mass itself is ...
... Children's Museums. You can search for reciprocal museums here.
We were not completely worn out by the museum visit, so we went to the South Bend Public Library Main Branch. We had fun for about an hour in the children's reading area. Lot of great books to look at. Isaac checked out Ultimate X-Men, while Frances went with My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea. Yikes.
... around St Joseph township and taking the smaller roads home. Bought some Halloween pumpkins for Madge's front steps from Sid's Pumpkin patch. We also stopped at Niles to see an old station which has been used in a number of films including Only the Lonely, Continental Divide and Midnight Run.
Went to dinner at Madge's favourite Chinese restaurant, Mandarin House, where we had a lovely meal of beef Chow Mien, Moo Chu Pork and Szchezwan Chicken with peanuts.
... was an area that was obviously where the tourists went to take buggy rides and browse the shops. It reminded me of Montville on a weekend but in American Amish country. It was interesting to see the horses and buggies going along the road shoulder and cars on the road. We saw so many horses and buggies in a small area in such a short period of time and it was not put on for the tourists. That was just how I wanted to see their community.