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If someone were to ask me, why I love St. Louis, I am not too sure if I could give exactly one particular reason as to why. I can think of a few reasons though, such as the big town, small city feeling; short commutes; several forms of entertainment close in proximity; there are so many events that so on throughout the year across the city and much more!

When someone asks where I live, I always ask them in return, “Well, do you know where Ted Drewes is?” Usually I will have a positive answer in return, and so then I tell them that I live right by there. It is pretty great to have the privilege to use a national landmark as a location to explain where you live. What could be better than that? No I do not go and eat Ted Drewes every evening or multiple nights a week, rather just a few times a year. I don’t want to get sick of its good taste and quality!

Since I live in a great location, and by a great neighborhood park as well as Roman Catholic parish, I have the availability to get around pretty well. Whenever I need to take a drive somewhere, all I need to do is plan for a 15-25 minute drive. I would say that that is not a long driving distance, rather just the perfect amount almost. There are also plenty of highways for St. Louis, about five total, or else I counted incorrectly. Though I use just about three of those high ways mainly, along with several main roads to get to places. Now having grown up in the city of St. Louis, I can say that I know a fair amount of the back roads to get to and from places when other roads are backed up with traffic. Now I will be honest and say that St. Louis does not have the best drives year round, but I think that practically all cities may have this predicament, since all of us are held responsible for our behaviors towards others.

I know that I cannot speak for other cites when I talk about attractions but I know St. Louis has several free and paid attractions all over the area. In addition to these attractions, there are events that are held year round, or depending on the season, if you are willing to seek them out. Most of us have heard of the great frozen custard treat – Ted Drews – so I know that I don’t have to speak much on that topic. There is the St. Louis Science Center which is free and open to the public, even though parking is $10, I can share a secret. Being that if you park across the highway at the planetarium, parking is free, though I am not sure how many people may know about this. When you park at the planetarium, over in Forest Park, you can take the bridge back over to the main Science Center building, what a deal! There is also, near to Forest Park, the Chess Hall of Fame, which I have heard is quite an interesting place to go and visit which not many may know about either. In addition to the Chess Hall of Fame, there is the Soccer Hall of Fame, which is close to Forest Park but more near Tower Grove Park. Now this last attraction that I know is present year round would be the Star Walk of Fame down in the Loop, literally on the Delmar Loop. I would walk this with my mom as a kid, and basically hop along from star to star of famous people. I enjoyed myself and the opportunity to learn new names of people I may not have known become that time, especially people from St. Louis who have made an impact on the city.

Going back to the seasonal attractions, I will take a moment to advertise about a local known attraction to the St. Louis Hills area, as well as those who have heard from our local news stations. This attraction only becomes known mostly in the winter months when everyone is looking for places to watch Christmas lights and having quality bonding time as a family. This attraction is on the 6500 block of Murdoch Ave, where EVERYONE and I mean everyone on that block has a house with lights on it, but there is much more than that. I know someone who lights up in Christmas lights, attaching her electrical cord to a lamp post to show her dedication to the neighborhood. The lamp posts have lights around them, the neighborhood banners are decorated and much more! Now I can say that I actually am part of this neighborhood that does all of the Christmas lights, though I am about 2 or so blocks down from the main extravaganza. I love living in the Metro St. Louis City area, and not in the county, mainly because I feel I am truly a part of the city. I am not saying that anyone who does not live in St. Louis City is not part of the city as well, no, that is not what I am saying at all.

I could continue to go on further about the reasons as to why I love my hometown, though I also know I can lead you to a list of many opportunities to enjoy this lovely city too. Below is a link that I actually use to create my bucket-lists for the summer each year, along with several other websites but I am just providing one for now. In addition to this website link, I have provided the link that Fontbonne University uses for students to see and learn about the attractions around us here in Clayton for more information.

http://www.stlmag.com/best-of-SLM/101-must-dos/101-Things-Every-St-Louisan-Must-Do/

www.fontbonne.edu/stlouis

Also, I am posting a picture of the woman that puts on so many lights for the Candy Cane lane attraction, which has several of the lights in the background, hope you enjoy!Candy Cane Lane

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I could get used to beautiful sunny weather.

As unpredictable as Midwest weather can be, I appreciate those beautiful sunny days that bring people out of the darkness to the bright outdoors.

As far as recent events go, this weekend has been delightful due to the great weather and fun outdoor events that I have been able to be a part of.

One recent event was a tailgate that we had on campus in order to pump Students up for the Men’s Lacrosse game (which we won by the way).

The tailgate featured personalized pennants that people could get.

Pennant-makers hard at work.

Fontbonne Staff Members Lisa Clanton and Janelle Densberger representing Griffin Nation.

It was fun watching the pennant-making process.

Fontbonne Students enjoying the weather and waiting for pennants.

Another recent event was the GO! St Louis Marathon. My Fontbonne Friends Marcy and Isabella, and I went last year.

Here's a picture of us cheering on runners at the event last year.

Even though I’m not a morning person, the GO! St. Louis marathon has been an event that has been worth waking up for. We post up on the Delmar Loop usually, which is around mile 20, near the end of the marathon. It’s fun interacting with the runners and rooting them on as they get closer to the finish line.

Here is Marcy, Me, and Isabella in our cheer gear this year! We're wearing black, red, and green to support our friend who dedicated his marathon partially to the people of Kenya. (Michael and I went to Kenya this past Summer with Fontbonne.)

We went to Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium near school to get some delicious food and shakes after the race.

Lovin' everyone taking advantage of the beautiful weather and the hammocks on campus in Medaille Meadow.

It’s just a shame that schoolwork has to put a damper on things, and my time enjoying the outdoor activities has to be limited. Last home stretch though…less than 40 days until I’m on Summer break and graduated!!!

Peace, Love, & Spirit!

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Lizzie

Spring Break!

by Lizzie on April 2, 2013

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Welcome back from our “Spring” Break! I know it started off more like a winter break, but it did get warmer. :)

I hope everyone is doing well, now that we have to get back to our school mode. I can actually say that my break was pretty good. Of course, I worked the whole week but got to hang out with my siblings on the first Monday, then hung out with my sister and two friends yesterday.

My two friends were Kim Dang and Nga Tran, and they’re both international (Vietnamese) students at Fontbonne. Mary (my sister) and I are St. Louis residents so we hung out with Kim and Nga to show them around. We were planning for a tour of downtown St. Louis, but time didn’t work out. Anyways, our first trip was to Bubble Tea, a little Asian cafe in the Delmar Loop. It’s one of our favorite places. We ordered their popular boba drinks and ate some food, too. Yummy!

Afterwards, we just took a tour down the loop. We wanted to check out Craft Alliance but they’re closed on Mondays. Ha ha. So we stopped by Star Clipper, a comic book store. The main area we looked at was the Japanese manga section. We’re so Asian for that! And because we’re big fans of manga and anime. I found the new editions of Sailor Moon and decided to buy the first two volumes. Mary and I actually used to own the old versions of Sailor Moon, but we threw them away because they were torn (what a waste!). However, I’m going to start collecting them again, slowly. I also found the Bone series! Not the scary drama series, but the ones with the cartoon guys who are going on adventures and such. I’m planning to collect those as well! So excited!

Mary chose a Soul Eater manga book’s first volume. When we were about to check out, we saw little phone links at the front desk. They have Hello Kitty, the Chinese Lucky Kittens, a cow head, etc. They were so cute! We all looked at them and wanted to buy them, too. Mary and I asked Kim and Nga which ones they like, so we bought those for them. :) A meaningful friendship has begun! :D

After that, we continued to tour. Soon, we reached the end of the loop so we turned back to head to the mall! At the first light, we crossed to the other side (the motivation was because of the sun). As we walked, Kim and I noticed a store that also sells art work. As you may already guessed, we went in! Wow, what a beautiful store of work. So many pretty things made by local artists. I thought we were only going to look around, but Mary and I bought something: she bought a necklace for herself, and I bought presents for my friends’ birthdays that are coming up. If you’re wondering, the store is called Componere (with a ^ above the o). We’re definitely coming back.

Finally, we’re back to the car! Then headed off to the Galleria Mall. We visited a few stores, like Hot Topic, Love Couture, Wet Seal, and Victoria’s Secret. Mary and Nga actually bought some things at Wet Seal. Their prices are very affordable. I’m still waiting patiently before buying anything else (need to save up!).

We continued to stroll then stopped by the American Cookies spot and Mary bought red velvet brownies for us. We ate and chatted then headed back out. Mary and I dropped Nga and Kim off at Fontbonne, then headed home.

It was such a fun day before going back to school. :) Again, I hope you all had a great break! Don’t forget to register for classes this week! ^_^

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One of the great things about Fontbonne is the area where it’s located.  Forest Park is usually the first thing people think of – art museum, zoo, paddle boats, etc. – but The Loop might be a close second.  For the unfamiliar, “The Loop” is the nickname given to the fun, diverse neighborhood that follows Delmar Boulevard through University City.  I’ve always been a fan of The Loop because of all the unique stores and restaurants.  Sushi joints, local artisans, Avalon Exchange second-hand clothing store, Thai cafes, Vintage Vinyl records – all part of the atmosphere on Delmar.  There is also the Pageant, where you can find both indie and mainstream artists playing, and Blueberry Hill, where I’m told that Chuck Berry still occasionally returns.

Delmar can get a reputation as a rather “hipster” place to hang out, but truth be told it is welcoming to anyone, and the eclectic/cool vibe is pretty genuine.  So if you’re ever looking for a shopping or eating experience that is a little out of the ordinary, give The Loop a try!

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