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The Loop

Coming from a suburb of Chicago, where the hottest hang out was a park (with a twisty slide!), I found St. Louis exciting. Everything felt new and fresh, I could even walk to places! That being said, I want to tell you the best things to do here — and there’s a lot. So, my top two will have to do for now.

A short walk away from Fontbonne University, there is a wonderful place called Forest Park. I like to call it the running mecca of  St. Louis because, as a runner, I’m there every day. The amount of runners, walkers, bikers, etc is amazing! The gathering of people in one spot inspires you to want to go out and breathe in fresh air! The trails are vast and nice to run, or walk, on. Forest Park is also home to beautiful sights and really awesome events. It was the place where the balloon glow occurred and many other events. Something is always going on in Forest Park and with Fontbonne being so close, I can’t help but to go out and join in.

The food and shopping options in St. Louis was a huge change! So much to do and all easily accessible, which was kind of new to me. The loop is  a great place to go for some retail therapy and lunch. My favorites include Mission Tacos, Blueprint, and Sole. Mission tacos has the best chicken tacos and I swear by them. When Blue Print has the best coffee that I’ve ever tasted. I’ve talked with the owner a lot, and he is passionate about what he does. Every cup is brewed individually and the coffee never tastes burned. They serve it from a beaker, a science beaker!

St. Louis is a pretty busy place with enough places and options to make you feel overwhelmed, but you’ll always find your favorite! Happy exploring!

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If you are ever looking for a good time out, try visiting the Delmar Loop. It isn’t too far from campus and it can be a strip of fun if you go with the right people. Delmar Loop has lots of food so your appetite is welcomed. They have bowling, a hooka lounge, and a hotel. This is good outing for college kids who just need a break away from school. We all need a little summer break and since it’s summertime, you shouldn’t hesitate to go! Enjoy!

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Welp, I’m back to report on more cool things I found in St. Louis!

First: this past weekend I went to Vintage Vinyl on Delmar for the first time and bought a record. The main reason it was my first time is because until now, I didn’t have an actual record player. But fate has smiled upon me in the form of a turntable in my basement! Technically it belongs to my father, but that’s a minor detail. So basically, Vintage Vinyl is pretty legit. They have not only records, but also new/used CDs as well, and band merchandise. So if you’re into that kinda thing, buy music from a chill local place instead of a mass market retailer! (Cough, Urban Outfitters, cough…not that I don’t occasionally indulge in some UO, but still.)

So what record marked my first purchase? None other than Vampire Weekend’s self-titled first album. Why? Because I’m obsessed with them. Oh, and for the record (HAHAHAHAHA….okay, I’ll see myself out) they are playing at the Pageant in September and I’m sooooo pumped. I’m sure you’ll hear all about it. Anyway.

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Second: I also had a chance to glance through the new wing in the St. Louis Art Museum! Like the Zoo, the Art Museum is totally free and always beautiful. From what I could tell from their new wing, it is mainly contemporary art. I did recognize a few pieces from other parts of the museum that had been moved over, but there were definitely some new things. Also, I didn’t have time to go through the entire museum to get a good feel for what else had been moved around. Just means I’ll have to go back! And I don’t mind at all. The Art Museum has always been a dear place for me, and their new modern wing, with its sleek lines and zen feel, is a welcome addition. So all in all, a very pleasant weekend in the city!

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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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Come A Little Closer

by Alumni Posts March 11, 2013

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 […]

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Enjoy the St. Louis Scene

by Alumni Posts February 29, 2012

Have you ever awoken with the question, “What am I going to do today?”  Of course you have! I have on numerous occasions wondered what is there to do in St. Louis. Several spots have kept my attention for a longtime; U-City and the Central West End. I am not the clubbing type so I […]

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Why Fontbonne!?!

by Alumni Posts February 13, 2012

Picking a college is never an easy choice. You can decide by the area it’s in, the curriculum it has, or you can even decide on a college by it’s school colors! Seriously, I have heard of people who picked a college based on the school colors. Websites even exist that tell you which college […]

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