Let me tell you about all of the wonderful things I have done over my spring break. I have had the chance to spend a lot of quality time with my parents and even some quality time with my boyfriend. Over the weekend I had the chance to practice golf with my dad at Sunset Country Club where my family is members and I even had a personal best score on Sunday. It was great to be with my family at the course on Sunday and be able to prove to myself that I can play well in the cool weather. Then, that evening my family went to the Des Peres movie theater to see the much anticipated Beauty and the Beast movie and it was such a breath taking movie. My family had another movie night on Monday as we watched the other amazing Disney film that was recently in theaters which was Moana. I just love that movie because it has so many life lessons about pursuing your dreams and doing everything possible to make them happen.
Then, on Tuesday I had the chance to go out to lunch with my parents and my grandma at Billy G’s in Kirkwood and I savored an amazing meal. After that we walked next door to my favorite bakery, Great Harvest, in which I purchased two of my favorite treats there. Later on in the evening I went to mass at the Catholic Student Center on Washington Universities campus and following the mass I delighted in some soup for dinner in the church basement. Then, I drove to my boyfriends house to bake some oatmeal bars and hangout with him.
A couple days later my boyfriend and I had tickets to the St. Louis Blues game down at Scottrade center. But before the game started we enjoyed dinner together at Syberg’s downtown next to the Drury in Hotel and when we were finished we walked over to the arena. We arrived early enough to watch the Blues players warm up and it was very fun because I took many pictures and was able to see them all close up. Once the game started there was a lot of excitement in the stadium as the fans cheered on the men in blue each time they attempted a shot on goal. It was definitely a thrilling game to watch once the Blues had their first goal on the scoreboard towards the end of the first period. From there the Blues continued to dominate as they scored three more goals before the end of regulation that night.
The next day I woke up early and went to my practicum site early to work on one of my class projects and help the main cook prepare lunch. That day we were preparing rigatoni pasta bake and manicotti along with some Caesar salad and cheese bread. I followed the cook along all morning to see where I could help out and I ended up playing a big part in that days meal. I assisted with making the pans of manicotti which had red sauce and some white Alfredo sauce inside of it. Then I helped remake the rigatoni noodles into something even better than what it was before as we added some more pasta sauce to it, tomato juice, and some Parmesan cheese. Another thing I worked on was adding cheese, butter, and parsley to the garlic bread and then baking it in the oven. The lunch that day ended up being quite delicious and all of the sisters and guests seemed to really enjoy everything on the buffet line.
Later that same day, I took a drive to Moberly Missouri to visit a good friend of mine, Scott, who moved there in the fall because of a job. It is about two and a half hours away from St. Louis and so it is not a very difficult drive depending on the weather. I arrived in the late evening and shortly after, we drove to dinner, which was an authentic Mexican restaurant in the east side of town. Then, the rest of the night we watched sports and when the sun rose again we watched more sports which included the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play and the St. Louis Cardinals spring training game. Later in the morning on Saturday we went out to brunch at a local diner in the central part of town called the Brick and then Scott showed me around his workplace which was right next door. The next thing we did was drive to the only park in town called Rothwell park in which there was a hiking trail for us to walk around. Then, before you know it, it was time for me to take my journey back to St. Louis for the evening and the drive seemed longer than it should have been because of the pouring rain.
Thanks for reading about my great adventures on spring break 2017. Remember, adventure is out there, so go experience the world.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Lone Elk Park. This park is about 30 minutes from campus but definitely worth the drive! Lone Elk Park is 546 acres of beautiful scenery located on top of a hill where you can drive around and look at beautiful elk and bison. There are even pavilions and grills where you can stop and have lunch with your friends or family. While here I was not able to see any bison but, there were plenty of elk to look at that came right next to the road. Lone Elk Park is free to get into however, donations are welcomed. Be advised that no motorcycles or pets are allowed in the park. If you have free time and want to enjoy the beautiful weather and foliage, take a drive down to the park to check out some of these astonishing animals.
Just how close we were able to get to the elk!
Me on top of Barcelona
Traveling from country to country in Europe is like traveling from state to state in the U.S. Since London is fairly close, I flew to Barcelona for a long weekend. I have family that lives in Barcelona, and I wanted to take advantage of that wonderful opportunity while I am abroad. I stayed with my aunt, uncle, and cousin, and had an absolutely fabulous time. The last time they had been to the U.S. was seven years ago, so it was nice to catch up with them. It was so helpful to have locals show me around the beautiful city and give me background info on what I was looking at.
The first day (Thursday) I explored a fun street called La Rambla. This eventually led me to the water, where I walked along the dock. I also visited a lovely park called Parc de la Ciutadella. As I wandered, I saw many neat statues, churches, and buildings that have very typical Spanish architecture. The Arc de Triomf was quite a sight. It’s actually flat in that area, making it a popular place for biking, skateboarding, etc. The next day (Friday) I visited the Estadi Olimpic (stadium used for the Olympics). Then I went to Parc Guell. There were beautiful, colorful mosaic tiles everywhere designed by the artist Gaudi. I also saw a famous, massive church called Sagrada Familia and went to another park full of beautiful gardens. There was a maze of trees there that was a lot of fun to navigate. Finally, Friday ended with a walk around the Born neighborhood, which was very classy. Saturday morning we went for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. The water was very clean and refreshing. This was my first (and possibly the only) swim all summer. The afternoon was spent visiting Castell de Montjuic. This was a beautiful castle to wander around in. Next was my favorite part of the trip. We went to bunkers that were at the very top of a hill (it was worth the daunting climb). We were literally on top of the city. The view was spectacular and breathtaking. To end the day, we went to Fundacio Joan Miro, where fountains lit up and danced to music that was playing. I made my way all around the city and got to see most of the key sights. I definitely made the most of my short time spent there.
The food is another story in itself. I was willing to try things authentic to Spanish culture, and I’m so glad I did. Everything I had was amazing. Here are some of the highlights. Dinner the first night was at a nice restaurant. One of the entrees was calamari, and it tasted so fresh. For dessert, I tried a Spanish dish called crema catalana. It was custard with a caramelized crust on top. For dessert the next day I had fartons dipped in orxata. Fartons are light pastries topped with powdered sugar. Orxata is cinnamon milk. For dinner the second night, my aunt made a variety of Spanish omelets (they look different than ones I’ve had in the U.S.). One had fresh veggies, another with mushrooms and goat cheese, and also one with potatoes. My favorite part of dinner the third night was the gazpacho soup. It’s a cold soup commonly eaten in the summer there. It was very smooth with tomato and garlic flavors topped with croutons. All I can say is “yum”!
Having this experience in Barcelona has just continued this dream life that I have been living since I’ve been abroad. Ahh…
I love traveling, and this summer I got a chance to go to one of my favorite places, Mexico! I went with my family, and this trip was kind of the final hurrah because we are all getting older and growing up. I got to spend 7 days in paradise, which was a great stress reliever. I had quite a bit of stress over the last school year, so it was nice to just lay back and absorb some sunlight! Not to mention use some of the Spanish I learned in high school!
We did a few things other than relax on the beach in Mexico. One excursion was an adventure park, where I ziplined, sky-walked, and swam in a cenote. I am terribly afraid of heights, so the ziplining and sky-walking were major feats for me. I was kind of surprised of how I handled it. Beforehand I was pretty sure I was going to be near death, but in the end I’m so glad I did it. I was zipping across the tops of the treetops in the Yucatan jungle!
It rained for one entire day on our trip, and my family spent most of the day playing cards. It was great to spend some “family time” together. Other than the occasional rain shower on some days, the sun was shining. The only thing I wanted to do was get some sort of a tan, and I accomplished that! My summer job, nannying, has begun and I’ll be increasing that tan over the summer at the pool with the kids. I’m looking forward to the rest of my summer!
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