Minnesota was the first state I visited in my first semester. I traveled with ten of my friends by car to Twin-Cities during Thanksgiving. We did not explore the city quite as much as the trip was very shopping-focused with the deals and discounts available. It was also my first Thanksgiving shopping experience as Thanksgiving is not widely celebrated in Malaysia. We visited different outlet malls for the days we were there namely Twin Cities Premium Outlet and Albertville Premium Outlets. Apart from shopping, we also explored different Asian restaurants in Minnesota because there were not many Asian restaurant options in Des Moines. Several restaurants I visited were Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine, Yangtze Restaurant, Ichiddo Ramen and Kyoto Sushi.
During spring break of 2017, I visited Texas with the same group of friends. As broke college students, we decided to drive 10 hours from Des Moines to Texas. When in Texas, we visited the Six Flags Theme Park, the Dallas World Aquarium, and Dallas Museum of Art.
Kansas City is one of my favorite places to visit in the Midwest region. My friends and I took a short 3-days 2-nights trip in the summer of 2018. During the trip, we visited the Union Station, the Science City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Country Club Plaza. Apart from visiting attractions, we also explored the famous barbeque restaurants in Kansas City. We went to Q39 and Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que for barbeque ribs, and they were extremely delicious. Blue Koi Noodles and Dumplings was another restaurant that we visited that served authentic handmade soup and pan-fried dumplings. Additionally, we also visited ice cream parlors such as Betty Rae’s Ice Cream and the Waffle Bar. The ice cream served at Betty Rae’s Ice Cream was housemade with interesting and delightful flavors. My personal favorite was the Jasmine Green Tea flavored ice cream.