I think I mentioned that I was in Madison, Wisconsin last weekend, no? One of the awesome things about our trip was our hotel. We stayed at the Hilton, Monona Terrace, one of the two hotels suggested by our friends in their wedding invitations. We wanted a slightly larger room so Layla would have some floor space to play around on, and ended up with an amazing view, from the twelfth floor (there were also at least a dozen amazing restaurants within two or three blocks of the hotel).
I have some pics!
Madison's capitol building's design is heavily based on the capitol in Washington, DC. If memory serves, city zoning prohibits anyone from building anything within the city taller than the capitol. When I was in college, every now and again I'd meet someone out at the bars who'd either tried to or planned to attempt to climb that sucker. Always seemed awfully round to me.
And, just for fun, I decided to mess around with the iPhone's panorama functionality. Here's the wiiiiiiide view:
If you check out the upper-right hand corner, you can see Lake Mendota, one of the two lakes which shape Madison, which is on an isthmus of land (also the lake our friends live on). Funny story: the first time I drew the curtains, I happened to be standing with the capitol building blocked, so all I saw was the street and a couple utility trucks down below. "Hurm, crappy view," I said. "Are you nuts?" Jessy said. Then I stepped around the curtains. Me = stupid.
Here's a shot out the other window. Again, using the panorama function to streeeeeetch things out:
Nice, huh? Madison really is a beautiful place. A lot of my college friends like to go on about how much the city's changed since we graduated. I'll agree there's a lot of new stuff, a lot of buildings that have been renovated, a lot of things I don't recognize. But it was still Madison to me. Still there, just a little bigger, a little busier, a little shinier than when I was there.