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Hey there! As you should know by now, my name is Valerie Amerlan. I am a returning sophomore here at Fontbonne University. I love being social and interacting with others, however I am much better at this in person, rather than blogging. But I am also up for new things, so I thought why not give this a shot :)

I’ll start off by telling you a few things about myself. I am originally from the small town of Bakersfield, Missouri, which is pretty much as country and backwoods as you can get. But that is more than okay with me :) I take pride in where I am from and how I was raised. Family is the number one thing in my life, but you don’t have to be a blood relative for me to consider you part of my family. I love the outdoors; hiking, camping, float trips, muddin’, hunting, the whole nine :)

Going back to where I’m from, you might ask me “What are you doing way up here in the big city?” (Or you might not ask that because you don’t consider St. Louis the “big city”) Either way, one of the reasons I’m up here is because, like I said, I like trying new things. I’ve always wanted to travel, but when family is the number one thing in your life, and you have a huge family, it’s hard to leave them to go to a far away place, and nearly impossible to take them all with you.



St. Louis in the Fall

by Sarah on November 20, 2014

in In Saint Louis

Hmm …autumn, what is there not to talk about for this season and the city of St. Louis?!  Honestly.  I love living here in general but when fall comes around, my heart just flutters with joy because of all the color around to see!  The trees are changing, as well as falling, the temperature begins to drop and take a change of course, more family events and dinners occur – which means much more family bonding of course!!  As well as my birthday and my sister’s birthday since we share the same birthday month, that of being October.  Now sadly October does not have a special background of origin as compared to January, February, March, April, May, June, July or August basically.

Going back to what I was saying about the several kinds of trees in St. Louis…where can I even begin?! There are so many colors that I see just from my drive to and from campus each day! There are several trees in Forest Park – which I used to know the exact number of how many different kinds of trees but much more than I would ever know. I know that certain things that make St. Louis so great in the fall would be the little events and traditions that go on that some of us may not even be aware of. Such as the “Best of Missouri Fest” that takes place at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where several companies come together to share some of their products for possible customers to purchase. I know that whenever my family attends, we come home with 3-4 caramel apples from our favorite little shop. Also there is pumpkin picking at Eckert’s Farm, where you can choose any pumpkin of varying sizes to take home and then carve for Halloween.

Now I will say that I am beginning to love hiking though it depends on where. My boyfriend and I actually love taking walks outside in the neighborhood, now sure, that is not the same as hiking, but we make sure to go for bike rides on Grant’s Trail through the city as well as county.  Bonfires, now those are the best! A group of friends of mine have been planning on meeting up a few times each month just to go outside and have a bonfire with this horrible cold weather coming upon us, so we must make the best of it! Roasting marshmallows and creating the best s’more possible!

I will say that fall traditions vary from person to person but making sure to share those traditions with others makes fall even better, because there are more opportunities to spend amounts of time with friends in one of the best seasons possible for this city. There is so much color and beauty out there – so make sure to spend time exploring it while you can as well as creating more memories with friends along the way!


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