Monday, February 24, 2014

What St. Louis Taught Me

To all my Missouri/Mid-Western friends, you gotta know that I really enjoyed my time in the "north." I kid... I kid. To ME, it's north, but I completely understand that y'all don't consider it north. Let's just agree to disagree, mkay? Anyways, in all seriousness, my time in St. Louis was awesome. I was there for a work conference and enjoyed every single second. I want to take my hubby back sometime! Although my time there was short (only 2 days, boo hoo!), I learned a lot. Not only professionally, but also personally. Lemme share!

It's really windy. At one point, I thought to myself, "Chicago ain't go nothin' on this windy city of St. Louis." Okay okay... I've never actually been to Chicago, so I have no idea what I'm talking about, but it was super windy in St. Louis none the less. I even saw a man walking down the street backwards so that his face wouldn't be slammed up against the wind. Made me giggle. Bless his soul.

My equilibrium is completely off. Speaking of the windy-ness of St. Louis, I stayed on the 17th floor of the Four Seasons. I swear the hotel was rocking constantly. Not only that, but the elevators shoot you up so fast that you have no way to grab your stomach in time. I was constantly going up and down the elevator for various reason, and now I'm dizzy and nauseous. Anyone have a good remedy for me? Even now, three days later, I feel extremely dizzy! I feel like I could pass out at any second (seriously!).

I don't have a Texas accent, unlike the popular belief that everyone in TX has a southern drawl. I blame my professionalism. Ha. Honestly though, I've always been the youngest person at every job that I've held. I feel like I need to put my best foot forward, which also means speaking politely and with grace. That's just my personal philosophy. Anyways, when I would introduce myself to others, the only thing that gave away that I was from TX was my cowgirl boots and my "born and raised" tee.

St. Louis University is referred to as "Slu". I understand that's also the abbreviation, but it has a nice ring to it, huh?

The Gateway Arch is really stinking tall! For about 3 seconds, I considered actually going to the top of it, but then I realized, "Hey Allison, you're extremely scared of heights. Maybe you shouldn't." My hubby even tried to tempt me. See below.
Domino's Pizza needs to get their delivery drivers a GPS. The first day that I got there, I was starving and just ready to scarf down anything in sight. While I was unpacking my things, I ordered a pizza from Domino's to be delivered to the Four Seasons hotel. Seems easy enough, right? Well, after 1.5 hours of waiting on the pizza to be delivered, followed by 2 different managers speaking with the driver, I decided to cancel the order. He didn't know where the hotel was! He was utterly confused, and I'm not completely positive that he spoke English either. Room service it was!

Toasted ravioli is a big St. Louis staple. And holy cow, was it ever so tasty!!! Another coworker and I went to Stadium, a restaurant connected to our hotel to eat. When I put the first bite of toasted ravioli in my mouth, I was on cloud 9. Thank y'all for having the best ravioli on God's green earth!

Anyways, have y'all been to the "second Windy City" as I like to call it? You have to go if you ever get the opportunity! The weather was perfect when I went; no snow with a sunny sky. Yippie!

13 comments:

  1. My fiancé has family in St. Louis but we have luckily only visited in the not so freezing months!!! Need to try that toasted ravioli next time :)! Happy Monday, sweets! Xx.

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  2. St. Louis native here, glad you enjoyed your time here. The Four Seasons is an awesome hotel! You must have been here last Thursday when we had a crazy wind storm. It is not that windy normally but that day was nuts.

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  3. I have never been but you make it tempting to want to go! How does a delivery driver not know how to get to a hotel?! Wait, 2 K Scott earring and you didn't do it?! Haha! You must really not like heights.

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  4. I was in SL last May for my husband's cousin's wedding which was at the Four Seasons! We stayed there for the weekend as well! I didn't notice any swaying but those elevators sure are fast! Did you get confused at check-in that you had to go to the 8th floor (I think) to get to the lobby?

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  5. going up into the arch is pretty scary. I hate small spaces and they put you in this little bubble with 4 other people to go up. Ugh, no thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. You must reallyyyy be afraid of heights to turn down that bet! ;-)

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  7. You didn't even go to the top for two pairs of K Scott earrings?? I'm surprised! ;) And toasted ravioli sounds like something I would love! Gimme!!

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  8. Baked Ravioli sounds ah-mazing! I would have gone to the top just for the KS earrings your hubby bet you! Haha! Glad you had a great time!

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  9. I used to live in St Louis and I completely forgot how windy it was! They really do have the BEST toasted ravioli ever!!! I forgot that is where I picked up my addiction! The arch isn't that bad when you are on top, I did it once. Probably wouldn't do it again though...haha!

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  10. So if my accent is 14 years removed from Alabama BUT everyone in AZ knows I am from the South based on my accent, where will I fit in when we move to Austin? lol

    I live having my southern accent out here - something that sets me apart. Am I destined to now blend? I'll be thinking about this....

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  11. I love the Lou! Toasted ravioli sounds divine!!!

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  12. I have no idea what toasted ravioli is but you just made me want to try some! Glad you had a great trip!

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  13. Love that your work put you up in a Four Seasons, royal treatment! I've never been to St. Louis but it probably is windier than Chicago - random fact, Chicago is called the windy city due to politics not the weather! And now I'm craving toasted ravioli.. yum!

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