Penguin Kidnapping

It’s crazy how the places nearest to you are sometimes the ones most overlooked. I spent most of my childhood in Dayton and could have easily ventured over to Cincy but somehow didn’t.
It’s okay though because now I get to explore it as an adult with fresh eyes. 😍
This particular weekend, I visited Cincinnati with a friend and made a list of the must do’s according to yelp, tripadvisor, and a few blogs.

We started out the weekend with a trip to Smale park. I immediately walked the labyrinth. My aunt taught me about them a few years ago. If you walk the whole thing without distraction it is an active meditation. It can help you clear your mind and solve problems. It’s super peaceful.

Walking across the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge was so much fun! I’m not the biggest fan of heights but I somehow felt secure on this bridge. Even though cars were soaring by! We took a lot of fun pictures and then headed back to the park. The sights are beautiful and they have swings overlooking the river that we definitely took advantage of. I may or may not have fallen asleep…

After taking all the pictures on the bridge, walking around the park, and napping; we went to the Findlay Market. Where I discovered (while trying to buy pastries) I had forgotten my wallet. Baby Angel, Zoë, drove to us to give me my passport so I could go out that night because #priorities.

While waiting for her we decided we might as well eat so we got some burritos and amazing cheesecake. Then hopped over to Maverick Chocolate. If you’re ever in the area, definitely check them out! The chocolate is good and I love their story!
(Chocolate Holler in Lexington also sells their chocolate bars!)

After a rest, it was time to hit the night scene! We took a long walk [read: got lost] to dinner. But it’s okay because I got to take a lot of city pics. Candids and architecture are my favorite things to photograph. I’ve been doing it my whole life and I always forget that it surprises other people since it’s not the type of thing I usually share on my Instagram. Let me know if you want to see more in the future because I take them almost everywhere I go!

Bakersfield is one of my favorite restaurants that I discovered when I visited Nashville on New Years. Naturally, when I saw they had one in Cincinnati I had to go! The wait was about 2 hours which made sense for a Saturday night. We opted to just stand on the patio in order to get served as quickly as possible. We ordered our drinks at the bar and took them out to the patio where the waitress was super friendly and got our guacamole and taco orders as fast as she could. While we were waiting, we met two girls and really hit it off. They told us a few of their fave spots in the city and we exchanged funny roommate stories. I love making friends when we’re out and about. Shout out to those girls if they’re reading!
They had both ordered the jalapeno margarita (my love) and thought they were too strong plus were running late to meet friends for dinner. We took one for the team and offered to take those drinks off their hands. We thought it was really funny every time a waiter came over trying to clear the place and we had to tell them all four of the glasses were ours. It was the beginning of a pretty fun night!

We went back to the hotel to regroup and got into some penguin mischief… One of the most iconic things about 21c (besides being an art gallery and hotel) is that they always have a plastic penguin tribe in all of their museums. 21c is all about having art be fun and hands-on. They don’t want it to be another stuffy art gallery where you’re not allowed to touch anything. They want people to come in and experience the art and question it. The penguins are their way of introducing you to this concept and making you feel comfortable with it. People get excited about the penguins. They want selfies, they want to move them, they want to take silly photos with them, and the 21c staff loves it!

Of course, I had to take it one step further and actually take a penguin up to my hotel room to take even goofier pics. After a few funny selfies, we sent him back on his way down the elevator. P.S. These penguins are kind of heavy! haha

After all that fun we decided it was time to hit up Jack Casino, which was entertaining but 16-Bit Barcade was calling our names. We ended up staying there the rest of the night! It was so much fun! Everything is arcade themed, even the drinks. The games only take quarters but they have an atm and change machine to help you out! You’ll want a lot of quarters because there are so many games to play!
All in all, it was a great weekend and I look forward to my next Cincinnati trip!

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