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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 11th 2008

It always amazes me how much preparation goes into a multi-city, multi-country trip. Come June, I am taking my six-year-old daughter, Emma, to Europe for her first real vacation. We will spend many days in Paris, with a day trip into Belgium for chocolate (her) and beer (me), before heading to Greece, specifically Athens, Crete, and Santorini, then lastly heading north to Thessaloniki to conclude the trip with my dear friend, Natasha. Preparing a three-week excursion with a six-year-old has its kinks. For instance, what am I going to feed my picky little eater besides nutella and banana crepes? How do I fuse the interests of a thirty-year-old and a six-year-old so we both feel like we had the ultimate vacation? How much wine can I drink in my little companion's company? Is it bad that ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 19th 2008

I haven't left yet...i haven't even really found out when I'm going yet, but I do know this, this summer will be far different from any other. A few weeks ago I applied to a study abroad program in Cuernevaca or Monterrey, Mexico. I love Spanish, I love Latin America, it was an oppurtunity I couldn't pass up. I'll get to improve my Spanish every day for 6 weeks, attending classes, going on excursions, just living my day to day life in a small city of Mexico. I'll live with a host family and a variety of other students, which is probably the scarriest part by far, but all in all I'm already so excited!!! I wanted to start this travel journal so that I could document everything about my trip. Partly so my friends and ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 16th 2008

So it's coming down to the wire and I am officially freaking out a little, with excitement and nervousness. I have so much to do before I leave for Chicago on Tuesday. Packing is my biggest priority. But I leave for Europe in Nine days. Ahh! Can't wait. Stay tuned for entries from abroad. ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 13th 2008

The following is a commentary by the good people of St. Louis, Missouri. This is not a paid advertisement. "There was a man, brave and heroic, and he took a journey through many perils. He came out of the West and forded raging rivers, blazing deserts, visited long-time comrades-in-arms, fought off bandits and loved many, many women. Upon reaching his wintry destination of Saint Louis, he spent several joyous days among friends he considered as family, exploring the countryside and experiencing new adventures. But alas! The days of fun came to an end, and the brave, noble giant of a man had to return to his homeland in the West. And so he left the winter wonderland...and looked danger in the face and laughed as he began the final stage of his wonderful journey. That man.....that ... read more
The "Box" is still frozen

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 11th 2008

Man, is it freezing out here! A little storm rolled in and with it came freezing rain, snow and wind. The temperature was listed at 13 degrees, but with the wind chill it was listed at 5 degrees. Not exactly weather to try out your favorite swimsuit. Yesterday was cold and windy, but at least the sun was out. In fact, yesterday we went to Ozzie's, Ozzie Smith's restaurant on a nicer area of town (for those of you who do not know, Ozzie Smith is a Hall of Famer major league ballplayer who played with the Cardinals). It was nice to get out of the cold and get some good food and check out the waitresses. They were hot. So anyway, today we started out by going to the Ameristar Casino to hit their buffet. ... read more
The Ameristar Casino
Ameristar's Fountain
Driving to the Arch

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 9th 2008

Exactly one week following my quick trip to Kansas City I decided to make a trip to the other end of Missouri and visit St. Louis again. I haven't counted but I think this was probably my fifth or sixth trip to St. Louis and somehow I have managed to take most of these trips during the winter months. In this case I could have done much better in timing my visit as I missed all the Mardi Gras parties by one week. Either way, it was good to see Josh again, and this time around Kate came along too. The evening we arrived in St. Louis we headed over to a bar to meet Josh's dad. The issue was we were running about 2 hours behind schedule which caused Josh's dad to be in good ... read more
Lookin Good
Leaving the Brewery
STL Nightlife

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 8th 2008

Today was another good day. Although I was woken up at 3:00 AM by people talking and microwaving stuff and was tired most of the morning and early afternoon, we still all had a good time. Started off with some grubbin' Greek food, and then headed out to Forrest Park to check out their history museum. St. Louis was the site for one of the World Fairs. back when they used to have them, and of course Charles Lindbergh, first to make a solo trans-Atlantic flight, was from St. Louis, so they were hightlights of the museum. I was mostly impressed that there was another museum that was not only open, but free of charge! very cool. After the museum, we headed downtown to Union Station. It is an old train station that was converted into ... read more
Inside Dick's
The Spirit of St. Louis

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 7th 2008

You know, it's amazing when you are in a city that not only has its attractions open to everyone, but also doesn't charge for it! Wow! But first things first. Started out with a breakfast at the one and only Bob Evans (sorry Mr. Meade, I forgot to take a photo for you). Nothing like an omelette to start out your day! Frank had to work, so Paul, Matt, Thom and I went to the Science Museum in Forrest Park. For those of you who do not know, Forrest Park is the second-largest metropolitan park in the United State, behind only New York's Central Park. There are quite a few museums, trails, riverways to boat on, things to see and do there. We spent a large chunk of the afternoon in the Science Museum. They had ... read more
Replica of the first commercial ship in space
Replica of the check for winning
Info on winning ship

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 6th 2008

So I left Dallas and my buddy Ronn behind yesterday and headed out to St. Louis area, particularly to O’Fallon, Missouri. This meant driving through the rest of Texas, Oklahoma, and most of Missouri. That was a LOT of driving for one day, but after driving through West Texas it wouldn’t be a problem. So I figured I would try to get one good night’s sleep before I left. Went to bed around 1 AM (that is much better than what I have been averaging, believe me). Opened the window a few inches because there was a light breeze that was semi-warm blowing in, and it felt good. Fell asleep almost instantly, but around 2:30 AM was woken up by some rumbling noises. Figured it was just some semi trucks as Ronn’s aunt and uncle live ... read more
Oklahoma, the OK state!
Lots of rivers and lakes
On the edge of Oklahoma

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis January 5th 2008

Karen and I ascended St. Louis' Gateway Arch, the morning of November 12, 1983. From the top of the Arch, we saw Busch Stadium on one side and the Mississippi River and McDonald's riverboat, where we ate lunch, on the other. The Arch is huge. It is part of the Thomas Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The museum below stresses the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition the following year. These events kicked off America's movement west. Karen took a picture of me in front of a stagecoach. I took one of her in front of a covered wagon. Leaving the Arch, we sought out the zoo. We made a hurried tour through the zoo because of the weather and because Karen was pregnant. The highlight was the penguins. They were the first I had ... read more

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