When we arrived in Kansas City we only knew the place is divided between the two states: Kansas and Missouri. We found out that the most significant part of the city is in MO, and a lot of other new and interesting things. We stayed with a couple of nice people: Mariana and Tim, and the time we spent with them was delightful.
From a city we had no expectations about, turned out to be a bit better. We walked its deserted streets in search for shade and fountains (as we heard it’s called ‘the city of fountains’) but we failed to find both. We started our exploration journey in the City Market, where we’ve seen a bit of Arabia Steamboat Museum – the free part. We continued walking towards the ‘more interesting part’, and hoping to get a nice view of the city, we tried the doors of the city hall which they say it has a freely accessible terrace. Too bad is was the weekend and the building was closed. We kept going towards the World War I Memorial and Museum, which was on top of a sunny hill and where a large column rose above the city. The hill is already up above most of the city, so we didn’t see the need to go even further up, in the column. By the time we reached this place we’ve counted only 5 fountains (including the two at the monument). And since the weather was so hot we decided to take a trip to the Boulevard Brewery and get a couple of beers and cool down before going back to our hosts. The brewery was so crowded and the free tours were booked in advance since… who knows when. However, a very welcoming guy offered us a couple of samples to sweeten our stay. We got to taste for free some strange beers (like sour beer or dark IPA) and chill out. It was a successful walk!
After our arrival, some friends of our hosts showed up and we took part in a small multi-ethnic meeting and Mexican grill in the back yard. Quite a nice get-together and a chance to interact with some really unique people.
The next day we planned to go to the swimming pool but ended up walking in the Nelson-Atkins museum of art for more than expected. It has an extensive collection of art from all around the world and it’s free to visit. We definitely took some pictures with the shuttlecocks in the garden and relaxed for a while on the grass there. For the rest of the day we tried to get to the Miniature museum, which unfortunately closes at 4pm, and found a few more fountains scattered around The Plaza area – a shopping area with short buildings, large parking places and colorful architecture.
The more we go West, the cities are not touristic anymore, and Kansas City makes no exception. We don’t hear other languages anymore and the people live their lives without caring about the museums, buildings, or selling souvenirs to tourists. However, we were happy we found a place with postcards and a bakery with fresh bread without added sugar.