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My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall since I could remember. Whether I was a tyke at my sister’s races or a bundle of nerves for my own, I think of fall as a time of running. The races have a community atmosphere and this helps the tension before the race. Team activities are the best to do, especially when they involve food. The team becomes a family and it’s amazing. Running in general takes up my fall, but it isn’t fall until I watch a race with a blanket wrapped around me and I’m cheering on my teammates.

My fall is also consumed by coffee shops because I’m addicted (I’m not bothered by this at all). I always want to try the new drinks and choices given during the fall. Starbucks is usually my go to, but recently I’ve discovered more and more coffee places. It has been amazing and fun to go to a new coffee place. I have always loved trying new things and I also love coffee, so this is the best season for that. Fall is filled with running and coffee, I can’t complain.


Without having a car here on campus I get to experience this beautiful city by foot or by bike! I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and I love being somewhere new where I don’t know where I’m going and what I am going to find. Biking around the Fontbonne University area the past few weeks I have found grocery stores, museums, restaurants, beautiful fountains, and lots and lots of coffee shops.

One thing that I love about St. Louis is the amazing coffee shops. I am the type of person that likes to change up where I study, and of course, coffee is always a bonus too. There are so many great coffee shops right here in Clayton, let alone the greater St. Louis area. There is a Starbucks Coffee within about a mile in every direction, but there are also so many local places around here. One of my favorite places to bike to on a sunny day is Kaldi’s Coffee House. This is just blocks away from Fontbonne University and they have arguably the best iced mochas! The people here are so friendly and it is located in a calm and beautiful area; it is such a wonderful place to sit and relax and get some studying done.

Beyond coffee, there are so many other wonderful things to do in St. Louis such as explore the beautiful Forest Park, go to the comedy shows at Fitz’s restaurant on Thursday nights at 10:30, try the amazing local pizza places, and of course, go to the St. Louis Arch!

For more information about the fun things to do around St. Louis and Fontbonne University check out this video:


Are you a coffee lover? If you are, you should join the annual coffee crawl in the St. Louis area.

A coffee crawl means people walk to several coffee shops to try free coffee and donuts and also visit other fantastic shops around the area. Last Saturday,my friend invited me to join the coffee crawl in historic downtown Maplewood.  We tasted many different flavored coffees with mini cake, scone, and donuts to start our Saturday morning.

We tried different roasted coffee samples, which included Kaldi’s, Kuva, Stringbean, and Riley’s coffee.  All of them are very tasty! The purpose of this event is to encourage visitors to tour the shops of Historic Downtown Maplewood while enjoying coffee and all the wonderful items the Maplewood stores have to offer. Even though some stores are not regular coffee stores, such as gift shops, wine factories, art studios, jewelry stores, they did offer free coffee to visitors, so that visitors would be more interested to go inside their store. My friends and I really enjoyed walking to the different stores, including Kakao Chocolate, Schlafly bottleworks, art-house coffees, and Cheryl’s Herbs. I think the city of Maplewood did a good job to promoting their downtown area, because I feel more familiar with Maplewood after attending this event. A Coffee Crawl is a really good way to promote an area.

Even though this event is only for early birds (8am to noon), it’s really worth it to wake up early to walk around the area and enjoy the coffee with sweet treats. It’s a really good event you can do with friends on the weekend. I recommend it.

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