Saturday, May 29, 2010

University of Iowa campus

My trip to the Midwest included a tour of my old college campus. My childhood friend Nando, who just completed his first ebook: Dating Stuff: The Things About Dating You Ought To Know, took a break from his hectic schedule to travel from New York to visit us in Iowa. And since both us attended the University of Iowa, we wanted to see what buildings were affected by the flood of June 2008. Unfortunately, the School of Art and Music were damaged and have been temporarily relocated to various locations around campus. Other than that, what you notice immediately are the tulips decorating the campus.
Behind the tulips is the OC or Old capitol building, located at the heart of the Pentacrest, this former state capitol building was given to the University by state legislators when they moved Iowa’s capital from Iowa City to Des Moines in1857, all this and much more you can learn by visiting it's museum.

We also walked past the bar Airliner where the famous actor, Ashton Kutcher was discovered by a modeling agent. In case you are wondering, Ashton was no longer a student when I enrolled so it didn't have anything to do with my decision to enroll, although it would have been kinda cool to have run into him.

The building where my friendNando spent many of his days and nights writing away. And I'll say that it paid off as he already wrote an e-book and is currently working on publishing his first book!!

My friend German, an amazing photographer with great talent.You can find some of this work here.

During the summer days you will find students on the lawn sun tanning, with their Spanish books left unopened while they observe their surroundings and wonder if they should join their peers for a game of frisbee.
The Colleges of Law, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health are across the Iowa River, along with the U Of I Hospital which I might mention is recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States and Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center. Maybe with this tour Beli will be interested in becoming a Hawkeye. Too early to tell? I agree.

So what do you say if we hop on the Cambus (a free University bus system) for our next stop the Java House for conversation, inspiration and relaxation?
Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Great tour. I haven't been to Iowa for a white, but I did enjoy visiting Des Moines.

    Your friend Nando's site is quite....intriguing!!

  2. AnonymousMay 29, 2010

    Hi Elisa,

    I have been following your beautiful blog for a few months. I saw this post about Iowa City and I had to comment. I went to school in Iowa City too some 10 years back and have livid in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area for quite a while. I love IC and your pictures brought back some very special memories. And like you, I too hope my kids will be Hawkeyes some day!

    You have a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures.


  3. Aunt Snow, did you get to visit the Botanical garden? I once went there for a wedding. Thanks for stopping by my friend's website. He is a very talented and creative blogger.

  4. Rhianon,
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting and for reading along my adventures. A fellow hawkeye? yeah! So there is no competition with Iowa state? (my older sister went to school in Ames, so we always joke about where our kids will be going to school):)

    I'm happy you enjoyed the pictures.

  5. Hi Elisa,
    how nice to to go back to your former campus. It looks great.
    Have a great week end without rain if possible ..

  6. I enjoyed this tour of the Iowa university campus. I have yet to visit this nice city.
    I love the architecture presented within:-)

  7. @Elisa--Sister girl, it's all about Iowa--right? No matter where we end up, that where we return!

    @Aunt Snow--thanks for popping over, I hope you glanced at one of my more subtle blogs and nothing that made you want to up-chuck your lunch! ;0)keep it "snowy" Auntie!


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