Category: Travel

Travel logs and thoughts on travel in general

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The Real London Bridge

You’ve never seen London Bridge, even if you grew up in London. You may have seen a bridge called “London Bridge”, but it’s not the famous bridge of verse and song. The real London...

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To Change a Light Bulb

Mechanical abilities do not run strong in the Lovelace clan. Not in my branch of the family at least. Neither me nor my dad have ever been very good at making and fixing things....

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Driving Zigzag: The Steve Way

I like to drive in a zigzag, turning down random streets till I get to my destination. My sister calls it “going the Steve Way”. I don’t know when I started the habit, but...

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The Horrors of the Poplar Street Bridge

The Mississippi is a wide river, even as far north as St. Louis. Crossing it can be a hassle, especially in Downtown St. Louis. Since 1967, there have been four bridges downtown, two north...

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Smacked in Madrid

It was my first day in Spain. After an unexpected date, I met up with my friends and checked into our hostel. After dropping off our luggage, we took a walk around the heart...

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Samoan Post Office

The Samoan Islands are smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so pretty much everything but coconuts and bananas have to be shipped in from off-island. So when homesickness kicks in, the...

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Meditations on Reunion Tower

Every great city needs a landmark, like the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle or the Gateway Arch. All of these monuments evoke their host cities in any context. Here in...

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A Trip to the World Bank

It all started with the commencement ceremony in May 2000. The keynote speaker was James Wolfensohn, president of the World Bank, an international agency that provides loans to developing countries. Our normally apathetic campus...

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No Place Like Home

When people ask me where I’m from, I never quite know what to say. I was born in St. Louis but I grew up in Illinois. I went to high school and college in...

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Dallas: An Improbable City

Dallas is an improbable city. In many ways it seems to have sprung up by accident. Unlike most major cities, Dallas does not have a navigable river. The Trinity River is a mess. Most...