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).
There she is in all her glory: the Space Needle. No trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to this famous structure. We were (almost literally) blown away by the sight of this beautiful landmark.
With San Francisco in the books, Emily and I were off to discover what Seattle had in store for us. Here’s a hint: it involved a lot of rain and coffee, two things we adore.
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?
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…
Of all the places Emily and I have been, I think it’s time we give some credit to the place where we built the foundation of our friendship: good ol’ Evansville, Indiana.
We often complain that there is nothing to do here, but we do have places in this little city that we love. Here are some of mine:
Without a doubt, the summer of 2015 was the best summer of my life. I went to six different countries, reconnected with friends I hadn’t seen in years, and spent some weeks working 60+ hours (okay, maybe that part wasn’t quite so amazing).
But the absolute coolest thing I did all summer, was participate in the EdgeWalk in Toronto, Canada.
The infirmary in Jamaica was another part of my journey that touched my heart. Much like a nursing home in America, it was difficult seeing these older people living in a way they probably never wanted to end up. But somehow, even here, I managed to find some of the happiest and kindest people.
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…