URBANA – Cody Bralts, who recently turned 18, can't remember a time when the Mideast didn't dominate U.S. politics.
So when he applied for a scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, he designated Egypt as his first choice.
And that's what he got.
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Statefairgoers wanting to experience unlimited carnival rides can purchase a “mega pass” for a discounted price of $50, available at that price until Saturday, July 10.
Truk Lagoon (now known as Chuuk) is a volcanic atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. Today it is one of the world's most fascinating destinations for scuba diving.
Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is not your typical vacation, but a pilgrimage across Spain with several points of origin all over Europe. It has been an important Christian pilgrimage for more than 1,000 years.
It's been more than a year since Champaign-Urbana native Tara Alan and her partner, Tyler Kellen, embarked on a bicycling adventure across Europe and Asia. They're still cycling their way toward Malaysia while documenting their experiences on their website, http://www.goingslowly.com.
Covering 800,000 acres, Big Bend National Park in Texas is a big, "crown jewel" of the national park system. However, it receives only about 350,000 visitors a year. Yellowstone and Yosemite get 10 times as many apiece, and the Great Smoky Mountains 25 times more than Big Bend.
With spring just around the corner in central Illinois, my thoughts naturally turned to Luxembourg City, where I spent three weeks from mid-May last year, sponsored by Luxembourg Income Study. Linking the two places is the rhythm of nature: lilacs, rhododendrons, peonies, irises and daylilies bloom from late April to late June in central Illinois, in that order; they blossomed within the span of those three weeks in Luxembourg City, perhaps to give my wife, Keiko, and me the feeling of home of the entire spring.
URBANA – As Champaign begins to celebrate its 150th anniversary this month, a new WILL-TV production, "Illinois Pioneers," looks at the creation of the city after the Illinois Central Railroad arrived in 1854.
Airing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the program hosted by John Paul will examine the factors that helped Champaign get its start. Dannel McCollum, former Champaign mayor and unofficial city historian, will be Paul's guest.
Key lime pie is made with the tiny limes native to the Florida Keys. Their juice is tart and pale yellow. When mixed with egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk (fresh milk was not readily available when the recipe was developed), the acid in the juice thickens the filling to a custardy texture.
In central Illinois, authentic key lime pie is difficult to get (if it's green, it's not authentic).
There may be more beautiful places in the world.
But give me Glendalough.
I hear the Dingle Peninsula is nice and I'd love to see Galway and the Burren.
But for now, Glendalough (glen-da-lock) stands as the only place I've ever realized I couldn't take all the pictures.