Wisconsin: Home

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As you all know, I started this website to share my travels and experiences with you all (amongst other related topics and motives). But I asked myself, how can I do that without a frame of reference? The frame of reference being: where’s home for me?

Over the past 4-5 years, I feel like “home” has had a lot of definitions for me. I grew up in mid-sized Kenosha, WI, between Milwaukee and Chicago. It’s a city that’s all-American yet shaped by different immigrant groups and cultures at the same time. I spent the last 4 years of my life studying at Marquette University in Milwaukee. In the Spring of 2016, I spent the semester at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy (read the blogs I wrote while living in Milan here). “Home” has been a lot of places and a lot of things. It’s been boring, exciting, and confusing (like most things are). But it took leaving my home, once to go to college and another to study abroad, to realize what it all meant.

Wisconsin has been and will always be my home. (Before you ask, no, I do not live on a farm, nor have I ever even been on one!). It’s where I grew up. After leaving my hometown and developing nostalgic feelings for it for the first time, it made me realize that no matter where I end up, being here will always be a big part of my life. I have had the privilege to visit a lot of cool places in the world, but I will always appreciate my home state’s humbleness and what it has to offer. Yes, the winters are terribly cold, but there is never a shortage of things to do from Milwaukee to Chicago to everything in between. At some point, I will write a post about things to do and see in these areas.

I feel that my travels mean so much more now that I have solidified what home means to me. I think it’s okay for home to be a lot of places; just know its definition for yourself.

Have you ever been to Wisconsin? Leave a comment below and let’s chat!

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A presto (See you soon!),

Dom

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