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S: Flat Stanley Visits UW-Madison 2012

BC: Thanks Anna!

FC: Flat Stanley Visits UW-Madison

1: UW- Madison Adventure | I'm here!!

2: Saturday October 13th, 2012 Today I arrived by mail to Krista's house. I was really tired from all the traveling. Being folded up in an envelope is rough! So, I flattened out and spent the day sleeping! Krista was nice enough to let me sleep on one of her pillows!

3: Nap time!

4: I'm up here!

5: Sunday October 14th, 2012 I woke up this morning ready to explore all that UW-Madison has to offer with Krista, but it was pouring down rain all day. So, instead I learned all about the house she lives in with her 8 roommates. Krista and her roommates call their house “The White House” because it is white and it is on Jefferson Street and Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. I found out that her house is really old. It was built in 1905, so it is 107 years old! The house is also really big because 9 girls live in it!

7: Krista shares a room with her best friend Missy. They have been friends since second grade! Everyone in the house gets along. They are like one big family. One thing I have realized about The White House girls is that they love coffee. They have 3 coffee pots and there is always coffee brewing in at least one of them. I was told Steph is the expert coffee maker, so I asked her to make me a cup this morning. She made me the best cup of coffee I have ever had! | YUMMY! | Coffee

8: Monday October 15th, 2012 It was so nice outside today. Krista had a lot of classes and she took me along to all of them! Though Krista walks to all of her classes, a lot of her friends bike to class. I even got to ride one of her roommate’s bikes. Krista and I walked to the School of Education where all of her classes are. Krista wants to be an elementary school teacher! I got to see where she has gym, music, science, and social studies class. I also met all of her classmates. She has 24 kids in her class who also want to be teachers. They were very nice! Class didn’t get done until 5:00 pm today and when we walked outside it wasn’t very nice out anymore. It was raining! We didn’t want to get wet so Krista used her bus pass and we rode the bus home! There were a lot of people on the bus. It sure was a lot faster than walking and we stayed nice and dry! | Wait, I need my bike helmet!

9: HANGING IN THERE1 | Bus Route

10: Buckle up | Buckle Up

11: Tuesday October 16th, 2012 Today I went with Krista to her science class. They learned how to teach about the three main kinds of matter. They did a cool experiment to see if air was a type of matter. They also used beakers to mix water and an unknown substance and made observations about what happened when the two substances mixed together. I was able to help them out. Science sure is fun! Later today, I went in the car with Krista to the grocery store. She buckled me in the car so I would stay safe. We bought ingredients for dinner from the store and then when we got home we made chicken fajitas. YUM! | Ready for dinner! | Buckle Up

12: Wednesday October 17th, 2012 Krista took me to a place called State Street today. State Street is a popular place for college students and people that visit Madison because there are a lot of places to eat and shop. Krista and I went to the most popular coffee shop where all the college students like to study. It is called Starbucks. I ordered a salted caramel mocha coffee. It was tasty! Then Krista and her roommate Missy studied and did some homework by the Starbuck's fireplace while I read a book.

13: State Street

14: Thursday October 18, 2012 Today I got to visit the Memorial Union Terrace. The Memorial Union was built in 1928 as a place for students to hang out and host events. It is still a popular hangout place for UW students. I was told that they have the best ice cream in all of Madison. It is called Babcock ice cream. There were so many ice cream choices I couldn’t decide, but I finally made up my mind and got a big cone with 2 scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream! It was so yummy! Then Krista and I took a tour of the Union. We went to the cafeteria where students were eating and studying. The food looked good. We saw the Union theater where Krista says she goes to see different performances. Then we went outside. The Memorial Union is on Lake Mendota and there are a lot of colorful chairs for people to sit on and enjoy the view. There was one HUGE chair that Krista and I took a picture on. I love the Memorial Union!

15: What flavor shall I pick?

17: Whose BIG chair is this?

18: Can I come back in the winter and sled down this hill? | Bascom Hill

19: The Union is very close to a GIANT hill called Bascom Hill. This was the same hill where President Obama spoke a few weeks ago. Krista and her roommates, Lauren and Tracey, took me to the top of Bascom Hill where you can see almost all of campus. On the top of the hill is a statue of the President Abraham Lincoln. I learned that the University of Wisconsin-Madison wouldn’t exist if Lincoln had not signed the Morrill Land Grant College Act and so that is why there is a statue of him there. Tracey told me that when she graduated from UW-Madison she climbed up onto the statue Abe’s lap and whispered in his ear her hopes and dreams because this is a long standing tradition at the school. Tracey told me that I had to do the same. So, I climbed onto Abe’s lap and whispered in his ear my hopes and dreams, but they are mine and Abe’s secret!

20: I feel so small

21: Only Abe knows my secret hopes and dreams!

22: Hold my hand!

23: Friday October 19th, 2012 Krista and 5 of her friends decided to go to Schuster’s Haunted Forest tonight and I got to come along! We had to wait in line for an hour before we got to go out to the haunted forest. It went by fast though because we looked at pumpkins and sat on Schuster’s HUGE rocking chair! Then before we knew it, it was time to take the hay ride out to the forest. The haunted forest was very scary. There were people dressed up as mummies and ghosts that would jump out at you. It was a lot of fun though because we all held hands and walked together so we wouldn’t be as scared.

24: When we got home we all carved pumpkins and watched a movie called Hocus Pocus. Krista helped me carve a big pumpkin. It was so big that I could fit in it! The movie was a Halloween movie, but it was not that scary. I was glad, because I had enough scaring for one day!

26: Badger | Fans | Sea of Red

27: Saturday October 20th, 2012 Today was the day I have been waiting for all week, BADGER GAME DAY! I am a huge Badger football fan, so I was super excited to actually go to a game. The Badgers played their rival, the Minnesota Gophers. This rivalry against the Gophers has been going on for over 120 years. The winner gets to keep the Paul Bunyan Axe Trophy for a whole year. The Badgers haven’t lost against the Gophers in 9 years, so this was an important game! We walked to the Badger game in what people call “the sea of red.” This is on the street right outside the stadium and there are so many Badger fans dressed in red that it really does look like a red sea! Krista, her friends, and I, sat in section P of the student section. The students stand the entire game except for at half time when we get to sit down. I learned many new things at the Badger game. I learned how to do the wave. The wave is when you stand up and sit down as the wave passes. The student section starts the wave and it goes all around the entire stadium. We did the fast wave, the slow wave, the reverse wave, and the both ways wave. I also learned a lot of cheers like “If You Want To Be A Badger”,“Varsity”, “Build Me Up Buttercup”, and “First and Ten Wisconsin.” | GO BADGERS! | UW

28: Touchdown!

29: At half time the student section sits down and everyone else in the stadium stands to stretch their legs. I was tired from standing, so I was happy to sit for a little bit. At half time the UW-Marching Band plays. They played songs from the musical Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat. They were really good and at the end they took out different colored flags. I loved it! | UW Football !

30: Love the Badgers! | Go Bucky!!

31: The Badgers were playing really well in the third quarter and every time they scored a touchdown Bucky Badger had to do pushups! Poor Bucky had to do a lot of pushups! Bucky was my favorite to watch during the game. He danced, cheered, and sometimes he even walked through the stands. Bucky is awesome! At the end of third quarter, I got to participate in a Badger tradition called Jump Around. This is when the song "Jump Around" is played and everyone in the student section goes crazy and jumps up and down and sings really loud! This was my favorite part of the game! I cheered really loud the whole game because I really wanted the Badgers to win. It paid off because the Badgers won the game 38-13! I was so happy! That means they got to keep the Paul Bunyon Axe. I took a picture with my fake foam axe that I waved the whole game! We stayed a little after the game to watch the Badgers celebrate and then we walked back to The White House. Krista only lives 5 minutes away from the stadium, which I was happy about because I was tired! I love Badger games! | Wisconsin | Time Out

32: Steph | Tracey | Lauren | Brandi | Ann Marie | Luiza | Kas | Steph | Steph | Missy | New PJ's

33: Sunday October 21, 2012 Today was my last day at The White House. Krista and I spent it watching movies and baking cookies in our pajamas with her roommates. Everyone at The White House was so nice to me and Krista was fun to hang out with all week. I am going to miss them! I am so happy Anna let me spend the week with Krista. Tomorrow I head back to Shorewood Elementary through the mail to share my awesome adventure at the UW-Madison with the class. | Krista | Steph | Flat Stanley

34: Don't forget your luggage!

35: Time to fold me up and head back to Anna!

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