Indiana Wants Me

I’ve had the good fortune to visit the US on 3 separate occasions in recent years – and most of that time has been spent in Indiana.
These were working visits – it’s one of the more unlikely holiday destinations if you’re heading across the Atlantic but it has a quiet charm and warm feeling that makes me want to return.

Indy

The city of Indianapolis is a smart place with an accessible downtown area, the speedway and is home to my weekly dose of NFL.

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Capitol Building
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Monument Circle

Upstate (Downstate..?)

I spent quite a while at two of the state’s Universities – Ball State and Taylor – and travelled around some unheralded places.

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Headin down south. Upland, IN
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A poor man’s Stephen Shore. Muncie, IN
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The Middle. Surrounded by corn
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another photogenic gas station (petrol as we call it..)
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The big sky around Matthews Restaurant, Matthews, IN
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Welcome to Matthews
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Old trucks and primary colours. OK, ‘colors…’
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Grain Truck, Matthews

Gas City – the smallest ‘city’ I’ve ever been to, but home to Friday speedway. Noise, fumes and fried food.

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The home of motor racing
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Gas city Speedway
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Gas City bunting

One of the most striking visual features I noticed was the signage. Sometimes grander than the actual place, sometimes unintentionaly funny but something we’ve lost over here.

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The King of Pizza
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It was closed, but I would’ve had a good time here
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Free panties on Friday night, Fort Wayne, IN

Baseball. If ever a sport is more enjoyable watching live rather than on TV, it’s baseball. This was my first experience at Fort Wayne.

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Parkview Field, Home of the Tin Caps
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Uncontroversial kneeling

I hope to go back to Indiana next time I visit the US. It’s an unassuming place with warm, friendly people, incredibly photogenic and seems to exude a laid back form of conservatism. Sometimes, though you have to be immodest, especially if you are the best damn sports bar.

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Simply the best. Blu 49

 

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