I also paid a visit to the 2 places I lived while I was a grad student. One whole trailer park is completely gone. The other park is still there, but my trailer is no more. *cries* I must say that my 2 years there were not the fondest memories of my academic career. I would have liked to have seen my field areas as planned, especially since my thesis was about land use changes, and I'm sure the landscape/vegetation has changed significantly after 20 years. Oh well. I'm sure there will be many more road trips to Chicago over the next several years.
BTW...I had an "Old Bear is old!" moment today. As I was walking across the campus today, I realized that most of the students that were passing me by weren't even born when I was the one walking to class.