Last month, I finally took a trip to the Midwest! I was actually pretty nervous about visiting St. Louis because I was scared that if I hated it, living there for the next 3.5 years would really suck LOL. But, I ended up reallyyyyy liking it!!!! Praise the Lord, freals.
After leaving LA at midnight and taking a short layover in Minneapolis, we finally arrived in St. Louis at 8am (A direct flight is less than 4 hours!). We were super tired since we barely got any sleep throughout our flight, but we had so much adrenaline because we were excited to start exploring St. Louis
Before I get started on STL, I want to share a short story that I think is worth mentioning. When we landed in Minneapolis, I went through a mini culture shock. After leaving such an ethnically diverse city like LA, it was really weird when suddenly all the people around me were 99% white o_o. I was a little worried about how I would cope with fitting in as a minority in the Midwest. However, it didn’t take me long to realize that people in the Midwest are soooooo freakin friendly!!! I felt a lot better after seeing how nice Midwesterners were. Anyways, I digress.
My first impression of St. Louis was: “Wow, everything is so green!” I cannot stress this enough. After being so used to the barren desert lands of Los Angeles, it was so interesting seeing so much green everywhere, even while driving through the freeway. Speaking of driving….
Major differences of driving in St. Louis vs. LA:
- Traffic isn’t really a thing in St. Louis. We hit “traffic” like once while we were there, and it wasn’t even that bad.
- Everyone drives pretty slow, which I like. LA drivers are always in such a hurry. Everyone’s always cutting each other off, speeding through yellow lights, etc.
- The drivers are really polite. I feel like LA drivers are notorious for being sucky drivers on purpose. I actually didn’t hear a single horn honk while we were there, except for when Alex honked at someone 😂.
Overall, I was really happy with my visit to STL. It’s such a cool city with so much history! It’s definitely a big change coming from such a big city, but I’m actually really excited to get out of LA. I’ve always been pretty introverted and a homebody, so growing up in LA was pretty overwhelming at times. Anyways, I’m really looking forward to my move, and even more excited because I signed the lease to my new apartment a few weeks ago!! I have so much to say about my housing experience, but I’ll save that for a future post.
Anyways, here’s a video of our trip to end this post! A lot of our first day isn’t included since we spent all that time just apartment hunting, hehe.