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This past weekend was my first Fourth of July away from Saint Louis in the U.S. (the Spanish Fourth was so incredibly weird but great) and I have to say, it’s amazing how different a city just five hours away from home can be.

Instead of backyard barbecues and corn hole tournaments, America’s birthday was spent brunching, shopping, and many trips on the train. It was colder than normal in Chicago, so while we went to the beach, it wasn’t swimming weather 🙁 but I still had a body of water by me, which is the only constant in every Fourth I’ve ever had! Even in Spain, I was at the beach to celebrate.


I spent the weekend with my friends from Chicago andddddd from Purdue! It was great to see familiar faces again, even if it’s only been a little under two months since we were last together. I took my job as a tour guide very seriously!

I was thrilled to find out that Taylor Swift has the same America bikini top as me and also wore it at a beach, so we’re like the same person, right? Only difference being that if I had dated Conor Kennedy, I never would have dumped him.

Low key a little upset that both the Bachelorette and the Real Housewives of Orange County (Megan King Edmonds, please be my STL bestie) didn’t have new episodes last night, but it made me watch fireworks and be patriotic, so I guess it all worked out okay.

As fun as this Fourth was, I have a feeling I will be spending the next one the good old Missourian way. Our food is just too good, y’all.

What are your favorite things to do for the Fourth of July?! Let me know!



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  1. Paige wrote:

    I love that bikini!! so cute, I love to spend my fourth near water too, but being from MA I have real water near me 😉

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply