on Monday, August 10, 2015
Sometimes it takes leaving for awhile to truly appreciate what you have; whether that be a relationship or the place you grew up. I (now) adore the town I grew up in, Waterloo, Iowa. It holds my favorite childhood memories, as well as my closest friends and family members. Every time I visit, it takes me back. And even more, I discover something new.
Grab a taco pizza at Rudy's Tacos. If you're afraid of puppets, I would recommend you go to overcome your fears. The scrumptious food will distract you from the little wooden figures hanging from the ceiling.
Be sure to have dinner, or at least a cocktail at Galleria de Paco. The spray painted replica of the Sistine Chapel is a must-see.
Catch a baseball game at the Waterloo Bucks stadium. Come for the baseball, stay for the dollar beer batter. (At least I hope that's a tradition they're still holding strong).
Most importantly, enjoy the scenery and take in what downtown Waterloo has to offer. It is rich in history. I love the stories of my grandma taking trips to Black's department store. And imagining the Russell-Lamson's days as a luxurious hotel.
After the scenic tour, you'll be hungry. If you make your way to the east side of the river, you can't go wrong visiting Newton's Paradise Cafe or Screaming Eagle (and a drink at Jameson's Public House).
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- Chelsea Diehl, Lifestyle Blogger
Chelsea is the creator and author behind Little Lessons by Chelsea, a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on everyday celebrations. She is a born and raised Iowan who has spent some time living in New York City, Chicago, and now resides in Des Moines.