Travel Diary: St. Louis

This past weekend I was in St. Louis for the 2018 NCVF Volleyball Championships. I play club volleyball for CU and we got second place in the bronze bracket! It aint first, but I'll take it; my team and I played awesome. I grew up playing sports up until I left for college and let me tell you, not playing a sport freshman year of college was rough. I feel so incredibly blessed that I go to a school now where I can continue to play a sport that I love for fun, be a part of a team with the coolest girls ever, and get to travel to and explore different cities for it. 

We were lucky enough to get the mornings to explore St. Louis a bit since we didn't play until the afternoons each day. Let me just say, I don't know if it was the time of year, but St. Louis is one of the quietest cities I've ever been too. Even with over 500 volleyball teams buzzing through the streets and the convention center, I felt like we were the only ones there! St. Louis is so unique in that way; it was refreshing to walk through the streets at night and not feel like it was still daytime because of light pollution and noise. There's still so much that I wish I could've seen like the Botanical gardens, the Gateway Arch in the daytime, and next time I definitely want to hit all the amazing restaurants I saw walking through the city; but on Thursday we got to go to the City Museum and I kid you not, it was hands down one of the coolest places I've ever been. I can't even describe the complex and intriguing nature of this place, but here is what the City Museum website says about it: "Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects." That's pretty much the best description anyone could give you. I felt like I was walking through the Willy Wonka house because every tunnel you went through, every slide you went down, and every door you walked through led to something else. Even though it's one of those see it for yourself kind of places, I will say that although it says it's a children's playground, it's just as much for adults as it is kids. Not only is the museum a never ending maze of wonder and genuine fun, but they also have a bar inside. I can only imagine how interesting everything would be after a few cocktails, lol! The photos will speak for themselves, so scroll down to get the full experience!

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If you ever find yourself in St. Louis, the City Museum is a must!!