Exploring at Home

I’ve been living in the St. Louis area for almost nine months.  I think I’ve been here long enough now to have established some favorite local restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment venues, etc.  Some of these are places I’ve just recently gone while others I went to before I even moved.  Without further ado, here is a list of locations I love in my wonderful city.  I’m not being paid by any of these businesses to promote them; sometimes I just say nice things for free.  (Sadly, none of these photos are mine.  All found on Google Images).

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Love & Haight

A new day had begun.  Continuing our exploration through the City by the Bay, Emily and I swung by Alamo Park.  Here you can see some of the most famous Victorian era houses known as the “Painted Ladies.”  These homes are featured in exterior shots on Full House.  Look familiar?

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Save Me, San Francisco

Halfway through a particularly stressful semester, Emily and I welcomed spring break with open arms.  A few months prior, we had booked a trip to two cities we wanted to see:  San Francisco and Seattle.  Other than the Golden Gate Bridge and the Space Needle, we didn’t have a whole lot on the agenda.  That turned out to be the best thing for us.  Let’s talk about San Francisco first…

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The Heart of Jamaica

When I was on a college visit day to USI, before I had even decided on a major, I learned that a group of social work students visited Jamaica every year to do work at an orphanage.  Though this was not a primary deciding factor in choosing a major for me, it was one of the things that I took as a sign that I was heading in the right direction.  Travel and helping people are two things I have always been passionate about.

Fast forward three years later, and I am here…

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