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Trip to the USA 2015
In 2015 the Sister Cities' friendship between the community of Seevetal, Germany, and the city of Decatur in Illinois, USA, is existing for forty years. In order to celebrate this special anniversary thirty citizins of Seevetal took a flight across the Atlantic Ocean. But before visiting our sister city we went on a sightseeing tour through the former so called »Wild West« of the USA.
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Our bus ride started in Cheyenne WY, where we saw a real big locomotive engine, the »Big Boy«. After passing Fort Laramie we reached Hot Springs, SD. From Hot Springs our bus continued to Mount Rushmore. Here the heads of the US presidents Jefferson, Washington, Roosevelt and Lincoln are carved into the rocky mountain. Then our trip took us to Cody WY. In Cody everything reminds of Buffalo Bill Cody and his legendary Western Show. After leaving Cody we reached the highlight of our journey: the marvelous Yellowstone National Park. At the end of our tour we passed Red Lodge MT and moved on to Billings MT. On our way we visited the Little Bighorn Battlefield and then took a flight from Billings to Chicago.
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From Chicago a bus took us to Decatur Ill, where we arrived late in the evening and where our hosts gave us a warm welcome. In Decatur we visited the interesting nursing center for injured wild birds, saw how a big 240 tons mining truck was assembled at Caterpillar's and admired ADM's huge private railroad facilities for freight trains.But we also made excursions into the nearer environment of Decatur. We thus visited an old homestead farm as it was existing in this area around 1850 and went to the Amish living in the surroundings of Arthur. On this day we also had a delicious home-made lunch in the house of an Amish family. Finally the trip into the nature ended with a fabulous boat trip on Lake Decatur. Then it was time to say goodbye. Traditionally at the end of a visit there is a great Farewell Party.
Because of the 40 years anniversary of the Sister Cities' friendship of Decatur and Seevetal the Farewell Party this time was celebrated at the Decatur Club. For this last event of a visit all hosts, guests and organizing persons get together once again and commonly look forward to meet again in Seevetal in the year 2017.