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I am having a not so good day as I write this because of the cold. But however I am feeling right now. I know it’s not covid. Catching a cold this time didn’t surprise me a bit. I know I’ve been complacent. You know when reality settled in. Despite knowing that we never run out of something to do. There is always so much to do, right?

We still pushed through the rain. I like and dislike this nonsense of mine sometimes. There are actions I’ve taken that I wish I could undo and be more mindful of. Trying to reconcile what better things “might have been” with the way it turns out for me had we not. Sometimes this passion burns me out of control. But it’s taking responsibility for doing what I love.

In the mood of not wasting time. Going right ahead to where we have to see the highlights of Saint Louis, Missouri. Where we stayed for three days and two nights. It was all worth it.

Our Day 1 was so much fun. It rained. It was already gray and cloudy when we got off the Greyhound Bus after a 6-hour-night-time ride. Got situated in our accommodation. Had our lunch. Recharged and ready to see what St. Louis has to offer. Exactly when we were coming out of the restaurant, it was pouring rain. No umbrella, or hats with us. Sure as breaking loose, we got wet. 

Born and raised in a traditional way. Now I have quite a big sum of my mother’s personality in me. Back in the old days, if we happened to get wet by rain, we should not let it dry into our body. By the time we get home, straight to the bathroom for a full bath. Truth be told, I got sick somewhere in the days that followed. I started coughing and it lasted for 3 weeks. Hard moments. Has taught me nothing but total mindfulness.

Got curious. Research said, the reason is that when we get in the rain the harmful bacteria activate. We get ill if our immune system is not strong. Hence, we get cold. Whereas this does not  happen when we take a bath.

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙂𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝘼𝙧𝙘𝙝

This iconic 630-foot tall Gateway Arch, referred to as the “The Gateway to the West” is the centerpiece of Gateway Arch National Park. It is pretty wide and tall. Known to be the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. Overlooking the Mississippi River. Designed by  Architect Eero Saarinen. It took almost a generation to build. In 1965, this massive three-sided standing stainless steel arch was completed. Looks great at any angle and has become a beloved national symbol. It has a deep cultural heritage.

A combination of charming and modern style. This Midwest’s best known monument was hailed as linking “the rich heritage of yesterday with the richer future of tomorrow”.

𝘼𝙣 𝘼𝙧𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙚𝙙

It has become an internationally recognized symbol of Saint Louis. As well as a popular tourist destination. One of the most visited tourist attractions in the world with over 4 M visitors every year. Estimated 1 M of that travels to the top. Listed as a National Historic Landmark also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Back in the early 1800’s, the City was smaller than it was now. President Thomas Jefferson bought more land. The place was named after the famous French King, Louis IX. 

𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙢 𝙍𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙄𝙣 𝘼𝙙𝙫𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚

We didn’t get the chance to experience the tram ride to the top as they were already sold out for several days. Quite sad, we missed that part. So, best advice, book your tram ride well in advance of your visit as it sells out quickly.

𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝘼𝙧𝙚 𝙎𝙤 𝙈𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙒𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙏𝙤 𝙒𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧

Our hotel was several blocks away from the attractions. So, everything is walking distance.

While walking through the Park from the store for a grocery. We met a Gorgeous couple. She looked unique and beautiful in her outfit. I know deep inside she is flashing us a radiant smile.

𝘾𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝘽𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖 𝙤𝙛 𝙎𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩 𝙇𝙤𝙪𝙞𝙨

𝘽𝙪𝙙𝙬𝙚𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙧 𝘽𝙧𝙚𝙬 𝙃𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚

𝙎𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩 𝙇𝙤𝙪𝙞𝙨 𝙍𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩 𝘾𝙧𝙪𝙞𝙨𝙚

It’s a daily one-hour cruise with the narration of the Captain or a National Park Ranger. It highlights the history of the Gateway to the West and the Mighty Mississippi River.

𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙡𝙮 𝘼𝙣 𝘼𝙬𝙚𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙋𝙞𝙚𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙀𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜.

The Arch is surrounded by a beautiful park with the downtown of the west side of the Mississippi river on the East. Lots of areas to walk. Amazing to see up close. Impressive and astounding. It is not just something new to interest you. It’s something that would make you stop and stare. All of a sudden, I had this desire to live within walking distance. So I could pass here everyday or see it as an everyday view. 

𝙈𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙞 𝘽𝙤𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙂𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙣

In fact, I was replaying it in my mind over and over as if it was my favorite movie on the Greyhound bus going back to Nashville. As I slowly fell asleep. Fast forward to a few hours later. Touchdown Nashville. Always feels great back home.

Qᵤₒₜₑₛ fₒᵣ yₒᵤ

“Any dream worth dreaming, is worth the effort to make it come true.” by Evan Gourley

“On this spot, monumental dreams came to life.” by: The Gateway Arch Saint Louis, Missouri

T͙h͙a͙n͙k͙s͙ ͙f͙o͙r͙ ͙r͙e͙a͙d͙i͙n͙g͙.͙

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