That time I traveled to a foreign land…..like Missouri.

When I was younger, I had always dreamed of visiting places like Paris, India, Norway and Australia. When I got into college, I had an opportunity to travel to France, but unfortunately the money that I had saved for my trip, had to be used to fix my broken down car :/

Traveling internationally never seemed to be in the cards for me. My husband doesn’t fly, so I may never be able to visit these countries. But I work with what I have, and every time I travel for work, I treat it as though I am going to foreign country, because honestly, it IS foreign……to me!

Recently I traveled for the second time to Kansas City Missouri.

Here are some basic facts:

KC is known for it’s BBQ but it’s also know as the City of Fountains.

KC is literally called the Center of America, because it really is in the center of the USA

KC is right on the border of Missouri and Kansas

KC’s traditional candy is called Cherry Mash, a ball of cherry flavored fondant covered in nuts and milk chocolate. I had never seen these before traveling here, but apparently they are big in Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota and Missouri.

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Every time I go here I just enjoy it so much, mainly because it’s a slower way of life, more relaxed and OMG the food.

After my training class I took off in my rented Camaro and just drove off path, before I knew it, I hit open green rolling farmland.

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One Black Camaro , for me??? Yes Please!!

I aimlessly drove for a few miles, the sun starting to go down over the hills, the warm breeze in my face and Neko Case blaring from my radio. I was in heaven and for just a little while I felt peace. I even pulled over for a few minutes, turned off the car and the radio and lowered the windows to listen to the silence of the fields, all i heard were birds chirping and the breeze rustling through the corn fields.

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sun going down over the fields

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At that moment, I wasn’t in a foreign land, I was in America, right into the heart and soul of America.

On the way back I stopped to see the KC Mormon Temple. Now no, I am not Mormon, but I have always been fascinated with their beautiful buildings. I mentioned to a friend that the last time I was visiting that I saw the building fromt he highway on the way to my hotel, I told her this time I would stop and take photos.

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There is something pretty magestic about these buildings, and when I got out of the car to view this one, I honestly felt a bit intimidated, ecspecially since there isnt anything else around it for miles. It basically has its own exit off of the highway.

I also did my fair share of shopping, hitting up two places in one day, Country Club Plaza in downtown KC and Zona Rosa Mall in North KC.

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CHUYS Mexican Restaurant on the Country Club Shopping Strip

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Chuys has some of the best tacos ever, I have no idea why they don’t exist in Northeast Ohio!

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The last time I visited I had true KC BBQ, something called “Burnt Ends” which is basically what it sounds like, burnt ends of beef or pork covered in BBQ sauce.

This time I went to a micro brewery and had a Bruschetta Salad

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Granite City Brewery at Zona Rosa
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my most epic bruschetta salad, garlic breath for DAYYYZZZZ

Grilled chicken mixed with greens, olives, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar and tons of garlic. I don’t think i have had a better salad in my life.

Zona Rosa shopping center also has this old phone booth full of books, read below to see what it’s all about! Pretty cool idea!

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Now lets get to where I stayed!

I stayed at the Ameristar Casino, I’m not a gambler at all but it’s the recommended place to stay for my company so……

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The hotel is HUGE and gorgeous inside, with ceilings painted to make it look like you are outside, a few restaurants and a little gift shop.Here are some photos below:

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Of course I also had my fair share of sweets, Delicious carrot cake and a tasty mint cupcake that couldn’t even finish! Eaten in bed of course 😉 ( on separate days obviously)

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Mornings were truly wonderful, i had breakfast both days at the Falcon Bakery in the hotel, mmmmm fresh baked rye bread!

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and lets not forget early morning yoga, in my banana shorts, in front of a window with THIS view.

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two days later I had finish my training classes and was ready to return back to my boys whom I missed so very much.

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Two planes and a one hour layover later, I got back home at 1:30 am Saturday.

Exhausted and fully ready to hug and kiss all over my guys :)))

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