As a "good Chinese tourist", of *course* I have to visit all universities. Jase is pursuing her doctorate at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal (about 45 minutes away from Urbana-Champaign). The campus is about the size of UW, *except* that there is abundant student housing:
This is Waterson Towers, a student residence with a capacity of 2000 students!
Jase took me around Peoria, another nearby city. Here's a picture by the riverfront.
Yes, quite a windy day!