Saturday, July 27, 2013

St. Louis

Last weekend I took the amtrak down to St. Louis.  I didn't know that amtrak has wifi- I was able to work the entire ride down, which was really nice!  A good friend met me at the train station, and we caught up over lunch, and wandered through Forest Park and the art museum until my roommate came to get me.  

The next day my roommate and I got to the arch about an hour after it had opened.  We waited for half an hour to get through security, and another half an hour to get through the ticket line.  By that time, the first ride up to the top of the arch was after 1pm.  We wandered the museum in the bottom of the arch, and then went across the street to the old courthouse.  It's the building where Dred Scott's case was tried, which is kind of interesting.  There is a St. Louis history museum inside.  

When we finally got up to the top of the arch, we spent about twenty minutes leaning over the sides looking out at the city and taking pictures.  Then we went back down again.  It was a lot of waiting for a short time up there, but I'm very glad that we went.  I think it's important to be a tourist sometimes.  

We went to the Old Spaghetti Factory for lunch, and it was wonderful.  We were both starving, since it was after 3, but it was worth the wait.  I love food.  After lunch we walked to the City Museum, which was incredible.  There were tons of little kids there, which surprised me.  If I was a parent I would never take a child there.  There are way too many places to lose it.  As fun as it was, it would have been much more fun if we hadn't been digesting and dying of heat.  We'll just have to go back another time when we're able to climb around!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Coffee Club

I found this one in my drafts folder.  Oops!


I'll have been home from Spain for two weeks tomorrow.

I've been too busy to miss anything other than my friends so far.  In the past two weeks I have:

  • eaten half a jar of peanut butter in a week, all by myself
  • re-read all the Beka Cooper books
  • rock-climbed for the first time
  • drove 9 hours through rural Indiana, by myself, also for the first time
  • ran eighteen billion errands around campus
  • finished classes for the semester
  • carried a lot of boxes
  • seen a whole lot of friends (though not enough; it's never enough)
  • gone to formal and had a blast
  • gotten very far behind in my journal
  • cleaned out my entire closet
If this is any indication of what this summer is going to be like, it'll be a busy, fun one.  Last night I finally got my first full night of sleep since before leaving Spain.  

Since this is a travel blog and I'm now home for the summer, it'll be quiet around here for a while, I imagine.  Hopefully someday I'll have reason to travel-blog again, though.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Last one

I took this on our last evening out together; I've been home for a few days, and this is the last unpublished photo that I have.  I climbed those steps every day to get to and from school.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Últimos días

Since it was so beautiful out yesterday we decided to take our study session outdoors.  We sat on the roof of the town hall for about an hour before moving on.  This is the view of the aquaduct from there.

Mateo fearlessly leading the way

If there are books out, that means we're actually studying, right?

Friday, April 12, 2013

8 down, 1 to go

Before leaving for study abroad, I had never been on an airplane.  Now, I've been on 8, and I've learned a little bit.

  • Babies are dumb
  • Wear all the clothes.
  • Landing sucks
  • Bring food
  • Don't even try to stay awake.  It won't happen.
  • Sometimes people are nice but usually they smell.  Me too.  Oh well.