Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

Hometown of Nils Hjortnaes

Well, technically, I'm from Menomonee Falls, WI, a suburb to the north-west, but Milwaukee is where I was born, where I grew up, and is just more interesting. The name Milwaukee comes from the Algonquian millioke, meaning beautiful or pleasant land. During the mid 1800s, a whole lot of Germans settled in Wisconsin, leading directly to our great love of beer, cheese, and brats. It's also why we're (proudly) called cheeseheads, and why our sports teams are called the Packers (from sausage) and Brewers. You can also still find some German influence in the 'scansin accent.

The above picture features the Milwaukee art museum, one of the largest museums in the US. Even the building itself is a work of art. And yes, those wings flap (very slowly).


Milwaukee is home to the biggest music festival in the world: Summerfest. Over the course of 11 days there are over 1000 performances, drawing around 850,000 people attend every year, over 1.5 times the population of Milwaukee itself. It was originally inspired by Oktoberfest, again showing the German roots of Milwaukee. During the rest of the summer, the same fairgrounds are used for several other festivals, including German fest, Irish fest, Polish fest, and the African World Festival, among others.

Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson was founded in Milwaukee in 1903 and has remained headquartered there ever since. The main office is just down the road from my parents' house, and the original home of the Davidsons is less than a block away in a historical village. As one of the most famous motorcycle brands, they're particularly known for the chopper and cruiser style bikes. I've always wanted a Harley, but I've not gotten around to getting a motorcycle license yet.

These are just a few of the notable things in Milwaukee. There are historic wards with gorgeous buildings, such as the Pabst (as in beer, founded in Milwaukee) mansion. Discovery World, a science museum, has a replica 1850s schooner. Mitchell Park, aka "The Domes", is a set of massive dome-shaped greenhouses housing 3 biomes. And I'm sure there's more I'm not thinking of.