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I finally went on a trip that has been on my bucket list for a long time: Los Angeles! I started planning this vacation a few months ago with two of my closest friends, Delane and Taylor. The three of us have fun together no matter what we do, especially when we visit one of the most famous cities in the world. I have family that lives in L.A., so we were very lucky to be able to stay with them. My cousin, Stephanie, also gave us rides everywhere, so we didn’t have to face the crazy L.A. traffic on our own.

In just a few short days, we packed in so many adventures that I don’t even know where to begin! We did a lot of the touristy things of course, such as reading the Hollywood Walk of Fame names, hiked to the Hollywood sign, stalk celebrity homes in Beverly Hills, a visit to Venice Beach and Canal, and shopping around Downtown Disney and Universal Studios. We considered all of these essentials when visiting L.A. We also did some things that are a little less traditional, such as a hot air balloon ride in Orange Country and browsing the Observatory in Griffith Park.

One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new food. We considered going to famous restaurants, like having Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Instead, we ate less crowded places (well, at least a little bit) that locals recommended. I love cities like L.A. that are so diverse, so you can find such a wide variety of foods. My favorite dinner was the one at a Brazilian restaurant in Burbank. I tried plantains there for the first time. My favorite breakfast was at The Griddle Café in Hollywood. They had the largest and most unique dishes, such as Chips Ahoy French toast and Frosted Flakes pancakes.

It is has been a goal of mine to travel as much as possible before I graduate in less than a year. I like exploring a variety of cities so I can get a better sense of where I might want to move outside of St. Louis (if that’s what I end up deciding to do). Also, I know that once I have a full time job, it will be harder for me to take off work whenever I want. Something that surprised me about L.A. was how spread out everything was. It is not as compact as other major cities I have visited. Also, the weather was not as hot as I expected. Especially at night, it gets chilly there. Delane, Taylor, and I all really enjoyed our time in Los Angeles. I would like to spend more time there again someday. Who knows, maybe I will end up living there!

Recognize this sign?! Recognize this sign?!

 

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Well, I must admit this post isn’t very St. Louis centered, but it does highlight another pretty cool place in Missouri – Kansas City! It’s about 5-6 hours away by train, and has some pretty cool stuff. I especially liked the farmer’s market – it’s huge! Bigger than Soulard! – and the raw/vegan/organic restaurant that I naturally hunted down.

While at the market, I visited tons of local produce stands, and even stopped by the nearby tents of the flea market. Funny story, I was wearing one of my Fontbonne Cross Country shirts, and a guy stopped me and reported that his mother had gone to Fontbonne back when it was an all girls school. There was also an urban farmer who knew Fontbonne through his sister who graduated from Wash U. Small world!

This market accepts food stamps as well, which, especially as a future dietitian, I support 100%!

Lovely orchids!

Farmers!

Ruby red turnips, yum!

This dude carved flowers out of melons and stuff. Neat-o.

Bulk spices!

The restaurant was another winner. You know I love me some raw vegan food, and this was delish! I had the raw lasagna with olive tapanade and cashew cheese, some house-made kombucha, and a raw tiramisu! Fantastic! I would go back in a heartbeat (but of course Frida’s Deli and PuraVegan here in the STL will always be my true loves). My mother, aunt, and uncle went along with me to the restaurant, and I’m pleased to report they enjoyed it as well! Yay for passing along the joys of vegan food! ;)

I’M SO CUTE.

Lasagna and side salad.

TIRAMISU OM NOM NOM.

So if you ever get a chance to hit up KC, be sure to get off the beaten path a bit and try some of the local hotspots!

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Hello, dear readers! You may have realized that I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for almost two weeks. That’s because I was on vacation with my family in Orlando, Florida. While there, we went to three Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and – my favorite! – EPCOT), and we also went to both of the Universal Orlando parks. It was a great time despite a bit of rain from their first tropical storm of the season. Let’s just say that “Sunny Florida” isn’t always sunny. But all in all, we had a great trip. We experienced a lot of great theme park shows like “Beetle Juice’s Graveyard Review” at Universal and “Beauty and the Beast Live Onstage” at Hollywood Studios. Plus, we rode a lot of really fun rides and saw a lot of great attractions. We even tried two new (as in “new to us”) attractions for the first time – “Toy Story Mania” at Hollywood Studios and “Twister – Ride It Out!” at Universal Studios. Both attractions were really fun and innovative. “Twister” was so realistic that I felt like I was back at home in good ol’ Tornado Alley!

About halfway through our vacation, I randomly recalled that poster that hangs in the Kinkel Center. It says, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Maybe it was the Disney Magic, or maybe it was my once-upon-a-time-an-author-to-be mind racing yet again, but I came up with my own version of this poster. It’s called “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Disney.” Enjoy, and be enlightened.

1. “What do you do when life gets you down? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”

2. “There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day…”

3. “It’s a small world after all…”

4. (Based on one of my all-time favorite EPCOT attractions, “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy): Brain power “is the one source of power that will never run out.”

5. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Vacation was a blast, and I got to spend a lot of time with my family. However, I’m excited to return to the lab, and I need to start preparing for the GRE. While looking forward, I’ll definitely look back on this and other great vacations I’ve had thus far in life.

And now, enjoy some of my favorite vacation pics. (Sorry – I just can’t resist!)


At my favorite park, EPCOT, with my mom.


Once a tiger, always a tiger. If you don’t understand this little inside joke of mine, read my previous blog, “What’s YOUR Animal?!


Waiting for my favorite theme park show to start….


Grad school, here I come!!

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Conner

Oh Mexico

by Conner on June 6, 2013

in College Life

I love traveling, and this summer I got a chance to go to one of my favorite places, Mexico! I went with my family, and this trip was kind of the final hurrah because we are all getting older and growing up. I got to spend 7 days in paradise, which was a great stress reliever. I had quite a bit of stress over the last school year, so it was nice to just lay back and absorb some sunlight! Not to mention use some of the Spanish I learned in high school!

We did a few things other than relax on the beach in Mexico. One excursion was an adventure park, where I ziplined, sky-walked, and swam in a cenote. I am terribly afraid of heights, so the ziplining and sky-walking were major feats for me. I was kind of surprised of how I handled it. Beforehand I was pretty sure I was going to be near death, but in the end I’m so glad I did it. I was zipping across the tops of the treetops in the Yucatan jungle!

It rained for one entire day on our trip, and my family spent most of the day playing cards. It was great to spend some “family time” together. Other than the occasional rain shower on some days, the sun was shining. The only thing I wanted to do was get some sort of a tan, and I accomplished that! My summer job, nannying, has begun and I’ll be increasing that tan over the summer at the pool with the kids. I’m looking forward to the rest of my summer!

Thanks for reading..

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So close!

by Deanna November 26, 2012

What has seemed like the longest, most difficult semester of my life…is finally coming to an end! As my final day of Thanksgiving break is beginning, I am realizing that once I get back I only have two weeks left! That’s just crazy! Although two weeks is a short time, I do have a lot […]

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Spring Break

by Alumni Posts March 12, 2012

In college, it seems everyone goes away for Spring Break. I was going to be one of them. I was possibly going to take a few friends from Fontbonne to Gulf Shores. Unfortunately, that did not work out, because someone already had the condo the week we wanted it. Instead, my mom and I were […]

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Going Back Home

by Alumni Posts October 26, 2011

Going back home may be just to do laundry, visit with family, or just to see something familiar. Going home for me is all of those things. Last Saturday I took a few extra guests with me. I took three of my Fontbonne friends back to O’Fallon, Mo. You may be thinking “Where is that?” […]

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This Is It!

by Alumni Posts May 16, 2011

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is it – the official last blog I’ll be writing as a freshman. This year, though crazy at times, provided me with new experiences, plenty of new friends, and great memories that will surely last a lifetime. I’m so happy that I decided to attend Fontbonne and […]

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Come Home in the Summer…Live a Life That You Miss

by Alumni Posts May 12, 2011

I’ve heard that our sense of smell has the power to bring up certain memories: your favorite perfume, for example, may bring back memories of a certain first date. While this certainly holds true, another one of my senses possesses the unique ability to pull me back into the past: my hearing. When I play […]

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Almost Over!!

by Alumni Posts May 12, 2011

Well, I can’t believe it, but my freshman year at Fontbonne is finally coming to a close. The ending is bittersweet – like any student, I’m excited for the coming of summer and reuniting with old friends, but at the same time it will be difficult to leave all my new friends behind. If I […]

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