I'm finally here in Champaign, Illinois! I'm starting a PhD program in Linguistics here soon. I like the town so far. I've taken some pictures with my cell phone and I'll post them as soon as I can figure out how to transfer them. I'm working on getting everything squared away before classes start on Wednesday. I've got most things done, but getting a driver's license and registration in Illinois is proving to be a pain, even though it is probably the most important thing on my agenda.
I'm living in a small 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath townhouse which is well-kept by a Chinese guy named Rick. He's pretty cool and is being pretty helpful. I just got hooked up to the internet today and I took a walk around campus. I've been to the Foreign Languages Building, where the Linguistics department is located, and I've also been to the Illini Union, which is pretty nice, warm and cozy with plenty of ammenities. There are a couple art galleries there, and in one lounge there's a piano and a guy was playing a slow calming piece on it. I also walked down to the art building and took pictures of that, but I got there too late to go in. There's an art museum/gallery adjoined to the department's building by a sun-drenched lounge.
My Dad visited for two days following my arrival. We spent time together taking care of errands for me and sampling various restaurants in the area. The night before he left, we ate at a little Thai Cafe near campus. It was very cute and pretty decent. The cafe was painted in a lime green and bright orange, with little artsy touches everywhere.
Very cool. That's all for now.