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May 30th – My Favorite Quote

May 30th – My Favorite Quote

Today’s prompt for Blog Everyday in May is to share our favorite quote and why we love it.

My favorite quote comes from a high school science assignment. At the beginning of the year, we were given a list of quotes relating to science and we were meant to choose one that appealed to us. We then had to research a bit about the speaker and explain to the class what it meant, how it related to science, and how it could relate to other aspects of our world. I didn’t have a hard time deciding when I read the following quote.

William A. Fowler Stardust

I just thought that it was a beautiful way of discussing a pretty fundamental truth about our world. It makes you feel all warm and special inside, but it also is literally the truth. William A. Fowler was an astrophysicist who studied nuclear reactions and the chemical elements that make up the universe. He won a Nobel Prize for it, he knows his stuff.

This quote is also important to me not just by the meaning, though I think I would have always like it for that, but because it also represents the teacher who introduced it to me. My high school physics and chemistry teacher was a wonderful man and had a true passion for his subject. Students would tease him a bit because of it, but his enthusiasm for the subject made class so much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, he passed away in the middle of my senior year. It was a hard time for the school, especially those of us who had gotten to know him well during our classes with him.

I chose this quote to put in the yearbook by my senior picture as a bit of a tribute to that teacher. We are all stardust – eternal but ever changing, breaking down but becoming something new.

Rest In Peace, Mr. O’Hearn.

Awkward English #7

Awkward English #7

Today I went shopping in Mannheim and spotting some fun Awkward English/Brand Puns in a small boutique. I always find brand-related puns pretty funny, so I was happy when I spotted not one, but two in this particular store.

I'm sure Adidas appreciates this use of their brand image.
I’m sure Adidas appreciates this use of their brand image.
Keepin' it classy.
Keepin’ it classy.

The other thing I saw in this store isn’t technically English, but it also isn’t German.

Danza Pants

Do Tony Danza’s daughters shop here? Does Tony Danza have daughters? Google says he does – the Misses Danza should snatch up these pants!

May 28th – Being A Tourist (On the Cheap)

May 28th – Being A Tourist (On the Cheap)

Today’s prompt for Blog Everyday in May is to “Share tips to be a tourist in your hometown or city.” My tips are going to be around my hometown of St. Louis, MO. Hopefully this post will give me some great ideas to share with our German family and friends who will be visiting St. Louis in August for our wedding! I’m going to focus on attractions that are free or cheap, because those are my favorite kind. And plane tickets are expensive, so people might not want to pay an arm and a leg to go see stuff when they’ve shelled out a bunch of money to fly over. So without further ado – my favorite free and cheap things to do in St. Louis!

1. The St. Louis Zoo

St. Louis Zoo
I’m shorter than a llama.

St. Louis has a pretty amazing zoo – and there is no admission fee. There are a few attractions within the park, and the closest parking lot has a fee – but if you’re willing to walk you can get free parking. The children’s section is really fantastic, even if you’re not a child anymore, and while it normally has it’s own fee, if you show up the first hour the zoo is open, you can get in for free.  Totally worth it if you can handle getting there before 9:00 AM (the zoo opens at 8:00 AM in the summer).

For maximum fun, I would suggest checking the schedule for the different shows and feedings. The sea lions in particular are really fun to watch.

2. Grant’s Farm

Grant’s Farm is another attraction with no admission fee, but a fee for parking. If you’re willing to walk about a kilometer, there is some free parking to be found – though I’m not 100% that it’s not on private property. Just don’t park in front of someone’s house.

Grant’s Farm is similar to the zoo, but it’s smaller and has some free beer for adults. It’s owned by Anheuser-Busch (hence the complimentary beer), and the Busch family has a mansion hidden away on the property that you can spot if you through the trees if you go to one of their Christmas attractions. There’s a large park where many animals roam – bison, cattle, deer, zebras – and before you reach the rest of the park you take a tram ride through. During the tram ride, you pass by a cabin that used to be the home of President Ulysses S. Grant. You get a nice history lesson during your tour as well.

After the tram, you arrive in the Tier Garten (German influence FTW) where there are many animal exhibits and an area where you can pay to feed baby goats. Totally worth it, they are adorable. If you have small children, you may want to go in with them as the goats are perpetually “starving” and lack the self-awareness to not trample tiny humans trying to feed them.

Grant's Farm Goats
Photo by Dave Herholz

After the Tier Garten is the Bauernhof (again, more German!) where they have food and some stables with horses. This is where you can pick up samples of AB if you are of age. When I went there with the Verlobter, he tried some Bud Light Lime and though it tasted like mineral water with some limey-beer flavor.

The Bauernhof Photo by Rick Mester
The Bauernhof
Photo by Rick Mester

When you’re finished, you take a tram back to the exit and avoid the gift shop – since we are travelling on the cheap this time.

3. St. Louis Science Center

The St. Louis Science Center and the Zoo are both located in Forest Park, which also has other wonderful free attractions like the St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum. There are two entrances for the Science Center, though. One entrance is inside the park with a small, but free parking lot and some nearby street parking. The other entrance, and most of the museum is just outside the park and has a larger parking lot that charges a fee. I’m sure you can guess which entrance I always go to.

St. Louis Science Center
This one. The free one.
“Mcdonnell planetarium slsc” by Steven M. Ley

The entrance inside the park is the “old” Science Center and contains a planetarium and some kiosks to buy tickets to special attractions, if I remember correctly. There’s not much there. You then go through a tunnel, over the highway on a bridge, and then through another tunnel again to get to the main park of the museum. Like everything else, the Science Center has parts that cost money, specifically the Omnimax (it’s an IMAX, but round) and special temporary exhibits that are held in a giant domed tent. But there is plenty to do and see for free.

Dinosaur St. Louis Science Center
Like large, animatronic dinosaur murder scenes.
“Dinosaur Diorama at Saint Louis Science Center” by AfricanGeo

So those are my top three free/cheap things to do in St. Louis! What are some fun free/cheap things to do where you are from?

 

More Cola Flavored Goodies – Weird German Things #7

More Cola Flavored Goodies – Weird German Things #7

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen this a while ago.

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This is a carton of iced tea that is Cola flavored. My brain can not even comprehend this. If you want a Cola beverage, why not get a Cola? I’m not sure how well the tea and Cola taste together…

I discovered another Cola-flavored wonder in the Aktion (sale) section at Lidl today.

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“Yogurt with the Corner of the Month” – Cola Balls

These are more flavors that I feel should not mix, but look how happy the Cola bottles and balls are!

Rollerblading Adventure

Rollerblading Adventure

 

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