I stopped in Kansas City today, the Missouri side, on my way to the airport to see my sister ot west.

A street with stone buildings including an interesting tower.

The Plaza in Kansas City

I’m staying with someone I found through Airbnb.com which is interesting.  Basically my sister signed up to join Airbnb, who than did a background check.  Once the background check proves she wouldn’t steal or harm people, she could sign up to stay in people’s houses instead of hotels.  It’s generally cheaper to stay in a spare bedroom than at hotels, especailly in big cities.  The awesome thing is that the website is international! I can stay in London or Italy, or almost anywhere in the US or other countries often at half the price of most hotels and the hosts are often willing to give ideas for attractions and food!  Many also allow pets, although most are merely a single bed so families probably can’t travel this way.

Okay, enough with the sales pitch, let’s talk about KC!  I live in Lawrence, Kansas about an hour away and took local busses all the way to a stop about six blocks from my host’s house.  It took a few hours and she would have picked me up at a station but I’d rather learn the buses in a new city than make a stanger go out of the way for me so I got to see a lot of the city.  When I finally got to her house it was early evening and she had somewhere to be soon after i got there so she dropped me off in a shopping are in KC near her house called The Plaza and I checked out what was around.

A squat slightly domed tower on a building in Kansas City that almost looks like the adobe coloring of the South Western Uniterd States.

A tower on a building in The Plaza.


A tile mosaic of a knight on horseback lancing some sheep while labourers egg him on.

This odd mosaic is on a wall outside a building

After walking around the first night I had supper at Calfornia Pizza Kitchen and walked the half mile or so back to my host’s place to stretch my legs before bed.

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