Monday, June 28, 2010

A Tourist in my Own City...

...last Wednesday, I FINALLY got to meet up with Amy, a fellow STL blogger. We had signed up to run the Delta Gamma 5k together back in May but never found each other in the masses of people, we were supposed to go to dinner a couple weeks later but that didn't pan out so we FINALLY got to meet up last Wednesday and it was fabulous! I had the best time...meeting bloggers is always so much fun because the "getting to know you" convo is already done because you read each others blogs so we got to sit back for dinner at Over Under and then we wandered the streets of STL. I felt like a tourist in my own city, I told Amy that I'd done more in downtown STL that one evening with her than my entire life living in the area!

After dinner, we walked down to her neighbors' gelato/coffee/smoothie cafe for after dinner drinks. The owners seemed like the sweetest couple! Amy, please let me know what the name of their place is so others can go visit them too.

On the walk back, this guy stopped us at the corner asking if we'd "just" give him our credit card or banking information so we could "save the children" in Africa because here in the US $236 will buy two pairs of shoes whereas in Africa it'll feed a whole village...I want to know what kind of shoes he's buying!!! I get bent out of shape if my shoes cost over $30!!! But sure random stranger on the corner of the street, here's my credit card info-NOT!!! Oh, he also through in that he only gets paid based off how many people sign up and he'd been out there for five hours and no one had signed up. I wanted to tell him he should look for a new job because I'm pretty sure you're working for a scam! ANYWAYS....moving on in the evening....

After that, Amy gave me the tour of the building she lives in which, get this-has a top of the building patio area!!! You can see all of downtown-it was so cool!!! If I lived there, I would totally be laying out there with a good book in hand every day.

I was so mad at myself because I was seeing all of this super cool stuff and, of course, I'd left my camera at home! So Amy let me borrow her camera and then she emailed me the pictures which were in my inbox before I got home-thank you so much!!!

Here is the view from her rooftop. See the building with the green roof? Remember Master the Met? That's the building with all 42 flights of stairs-that I climbed up!!!

After a tour of her building and me oogling over how cool everything was, we walked over to the City Garden. Where they have a fountain for the kids to play in, a flat screen tv (that we're not too sure what they show on it) and some very cool sculptures. Here's a pic of the Pinocchio one:
Then here's one...of a sideways head???
At the entrances to the City Garden they had these signs that showed a man and a woman walking. I thought they were funny because I wasn't sure the purpose of them...to show people how to walk, to keep them moving on or there just wasn't anything to announce so walking people are the default screen?
And lastly, here's Amy and I on the roof top, we were going for the wind-in-air look...how'd we do?
All in all, it was an awesome time!!! I hope we can get together sometime soon again. However, if she comes out to my neck of the woods, I'll have to think of something cool and fun to impress her, I'd better start thinking now...

8 comments :

Jen said...

Fun! For our 4 day weekend - I told Jeff we would be tourists in St. Louis - on the itenerary a Brewery Tour and a trip to Crown Candy.

If I'm thinking of that fabulous gelato place on Washington Ave then YES it is fantastic! We always go there after baseball games. Sooo yummy!

Jennelle said...

How fun! I love discovering new things in StL. :) And a big shout out for the DG Run for Sight!

Slamdunk said...

Sounds like fun.

On the random credit card request--you have to wonder if it has worked like just once no matter if 99% of the people think it is the stupidist idea ever. The one taker may be worth thousands.

Alicia said...

I've lived here for over 3 years and I have not seen any of this. I kind of like you I suppose. Thanks for the photos!

"A" said...

Yay! It's you and me and our little adventure! Glad you had such a good time and I'm firing off a reply to your email after this comment. And the gelato place is called the Gelateria Tavolini located at 14th and Washington Ave. :)

Adie said...

This looks so fun! The city seems so great. We don't have that downtown urban feel here. It is more of a small town down town thing. So fun I am glad you had such great time. Miss you!

Q, La, and Gooner said...

That looks fantastic! And meet ups are AWESOME! And running!? What a post!

Amanda said...

That's awesome! I've yet to meet one of my fellow bloggers in person. I also love seeing the sights in your own city...we do that everytime someone comes to visit, although there isn't all that much to see!