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Patricia

Trip to Chicago

by Patricia on July 27, 2015

in Extracurricular

Last Wednesday my brothers and I took the train by ourselves to Chicago to visit my aunt and cousin. The train was fun because I got to watch movies on my computer. Once we got there, we got to walk around the city. We went to a french market, and I got to try Belgian fries, mini doughnuts, and a lavender tea smoothie. Then we went to a Greek restaurant. The next day we went to Chinatown, and then we walked on Michigan Avenue. The next day we went to the beach and then went back to Michigan avenue and stopped at Ghirardelli. I got a giant cup of ice cream. We also stopped at the American girl store. Then we went shopping at the Water Tower Mall!  The next day, our parents picked us up, but first we went to a breakfast restaurant and I got cinnamon roll pancakes!

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Katie

North Carolina Trip

by Katie on July 27, 2015

in Extracurricular

On Tuesday I caught an early flight from Raleigh back to Saint Louis. I was in Raleigh, NC for a week visiting my boyfriend’s family and spent some time exploring the area. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved Raleigh! The city had a small-town vibe with the excitement and entertainment of a big city. I ended up falling in love with the city’s endless nature trails. My favorite trail was at Duke Gardens, a large and beautiful garden behind Duke University.

Before I left for vacation I admit that I was a little worried I would stray from my regular physical activity and healthy habits while on vacation. Despite my concern, I ended up staying on track with all the walking we were doing, plus I found other ways to stay active on the trip such as swimming and doing morning yoga indoors. I also discovered my boyfriend’s mom did personal training on the side, so she was just as in to fitness as I was!

That said, I sometimes forget that missing a workout or two won’t kill me. Nor will treating myself to “special occasion foods” (don’t worry, I did plenty of this!)
Trying popular local foods is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. We treated ourselves to the “best doughnuts in Raleigh” at Duck Doughnuts and had frozen custard another night (these were my two favorites during my trip). I won’t even mention that it was Glynn’s sister’s birthday that week, so we had ice cream cake too… (hey, balance in everything, right?!)

I had a great time on my trip, but it’s nice to be home and back to a regular routine… I hope I get to go back and visit Raleigh soon :)

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(Top: Glynn & I at Duke Gardens; Bottom: Doughnut w/ Coconut and Rainbow sprinkles at Duck Doughnuts in Raleigh)

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Hello friends!

As the semester slowly comes to an end, that means the holidays are approaching! Since I live far away from Fontbonne, I have to plan my trips to go home way in advance. I recently flew home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. In this post, I want to give you all some tips and tricks on traveling to and from school.

-Look at the Academic Calendar (found on Fontbonne’s website) as soon as possible to see what days you don’t have school.

-Figure out which days/times you are able to leave school and book your flights; be sure to check multiple airlines and other traveling resources such as Travelocity and Orbitz to find the best deals!

-Pack lightly: you may come back with more than you brought in the first place, so plan accordingly.

-If you are taking public transportation such as the MetroLink or city bus, check their schedules and pricing.

-For those of you who may travel via an airplane, review the TSA safety guidlines for what you can/cannot bring with you on the airplane and the specific carry-on luggage sizes.

-Have tons of fun! Traveling allows you to see so many new places and faces, and sometimes the best part is meeting new people and hearing their stories.

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Alumni Posts

Airplane Tips

by Alumni Posts on April 7, 2014

in Uncategorized

As I am now a seasoned airplane veteran (having been on five airplanes, all in the same trip), I feel I have some quality advice about flying that I can share with you.

When you first get onto the plane, you will have to find your seat and store your luggage nearby.  For big bags, there is a compartment above the seats; but if you have a backpack or purse and can shove it under the seat in front of yours, it will be a lot easier to access later.  Once you’re seated, you have to put your seatbelt on and wait until the plane crew has checked and rechecked the entire plane.  At least five times.  Then you begin takeoff.

When the plane first starts to move towards the runway, you may think to yourself, “This isn’t so bad.  It’s just like riding on the ground.”  Well, that’s because you are still on the ground.  When the plane finally begins to go up, you will feel yourself tilt as the plane starts to rise.  If things start to get bumpy, don’t freak out!  Unless everyone else on the aircraft looks concerned, you probably aren’t crashing.  Probably.  As you get higher, you can look out the window (if you are near one) and see the airport and surrounding city get smaller.  Eventually it will resemble a patchwork quilt of little streets and hills.

Soon you will reach cloud level, where the window view is particularly interesting.  Clouds tend to look like this:

When you are above them, as you can see in the photo, the clouds resemble frothy white waves.  I like to imagine I’m on a beach somewhere looking at a white ocean, instead of miles above the ground.

If you are taking a short flight to another part of the country, you won’t have to entertain yourself for long.  However, if you are flying overseas, you have a long ride ahead of you.  Mine was between 8 ½ and 9 hours from the east coast to London; I hope you can occupy your time!  Longer flights have TVs at each seat, with a selection of new and old films.  They also serve scanty meals, just enough so you won’t starve.  On both my flights we were served two meals, which differed depending on the time of day I was flying.  The food isn’t terrible as long as you remember a few simple guidelines to ordering your meals.  First, when they ask if you want pasta or chicken, you always want pasta!  Even if you love to eat baked chicken; trust me, you need to order pasta.  They heat their meals on the plane, so any meat options have essentially been microwaved.  Or that’s how they taste, at least.  And as chicken tastes rubbery when cooked in the microwave, pasta is always a better option.  You should also know that they won’t wake you to ask if you want food, so make sure you are awake, especially at the beginning of the flight, when they serve the first meal.  If possible, I recommend asking those seated next to you to be vigilant and wake you when the food carts come down the aisle.

A word on airplane staff:  some are nice, some are cranky.  Stewardesses, I have heard, treat you with extra care when you’re an attractive male.  For the rest of us, we have to be especially nice to them and clearly make our needs known.  For example, if you look particularly young and the stewardess asks you what you would like to drink, she may try to give you apple juice when you ask for the complementary glass of wine.  You will have to speak more loudly and correct her if you want to get what you actually requested.  Or take the juice meekly and try again on your next flight.

If you plan to sleep on your flight, I recommend purchasing a travel pillow.  They are small and fit around your neck to give you some comfort while trying to sleep in your nearly upright seat.  Overseas flights, at least on US Airways, provide small pillows and thin blankets, but it’s difficult to find a position in which you can lean your head on the pillow without dropping it onto the person next to you.  I also recommend bringing your own headphones; while overseas flights do hand out earphones, they suck, so bring your own if you want to listen to music or watch a movie.

You know how it feels when you’re driving and have to make an abrupt stop?  That is how landing feels, except it lasts longer than a few seconds.  When the plane starts to land, you will definitely want to be back in your seat with your seatbelt securely fastened.  When it’s safe to move again, the seatbelt light will go off above you, and you can stand and stretch before picking up your bag or other belongings.  Then, after another five minutes or so of waiting for everyone else to get off the plane, you can exit and be on your way to a great vacation!

I’ll stick in a few more Europe photos for you before you go.  Have a good week!

More of the Irish countryside

Oxford University

Bridge in London

An Underground Railway Station

Double Decker Bus, London

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Return from the British Isles

by Alumni Posts March 31, 2014

Hello again!  As we’re moving back into the swing of school, you’re probably wishing you were still in the vacation spot you spent spring break in.  Or at home, sitting on the couch and eating too many Girl Scout cookies.  Either way, I understand how you feel.  I think I need another whole week of […]

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Spring Break Shenanigans

by Sarah March 28, 2014

At the beginning of March I found myself counting down the days until Spring Break!  Not too uncommon for a college student to do so being as the weeks leading up are usually filled with midterms, tests, quizzes, and projects.  But this was my first Spring Break as a college student so it was way […]

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Spring Break is Here!

by Alumni Posts March 12, 2014

Hello, everyone!  Today I am writing as I scramble to complete homework and travel preparations.  I have much to do because, in a few days, I will be leaving to go on a spring break vacation in… (wait for it) …Europe!  I am taking a short-term study abroad trip with a group from Fontbonne to […]

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Beautiful Barcelona

by Alumni Posts July 10, 2013

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 […]

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Away from the Midwest

by Alumni Posts June 26, 2013

A few weeks ago I went to Colorado to visit my boyfriend and his family. I was there for two weeks, and it was great. I saw some sights that I have never seen before and some good movies. Unfortunately, like last year, there were some forest fires while I was there. That is the […]

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Mid-term Travels

by Alumni Posts October 18, 2011

2 months ‘til I graduate. But who’s counting? We’ve arrived at the mid-semester mark, which means my life has suddenly become considerably easier. First, I’m done with my senior paper (still gloating about this a bit, don’t mind me). Secondly, I’m done with my 8-week Music Appreciation class. This leaves me with only Advertising Senior […]

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