|Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City|
|courtesy of www.kcpremierapts.com|
We stayed on both sides. In the first two days, Bill's fraternity brother Ollie and wife Kris welcomed us to their home in Olathe, Kansas, one of the fourteen towns and municipalities in the Kansas City metropolitan area (2.2 m in population). And that is where we also had our first dinner at Joe's KC, a favorite restaurant specializing in Kansas City barbecue, meat slowly cooked in a wood-fired pit just like in Carolina, Memphis, and Texas. KC style has slightly sweeter and thicker sauce.
As we went deeper into Kansas City, Missouri, however, we experienced a tale of two views, one that digs deeper into its past and the other that portends the future.
A Tale of the Past
|Union Station from the Liberty Tower|
|the stern of Steamship Arabia|
|the Liberty Memorial|
|The Raphael Hotel|
Ollie and Kris were the perfect hosts. Besides delicious meals, comfy bed, and a great home and garden, they also showed us a few of the exciting neighborhoods around the city, like the Latino community on the west side where we had an excellent authentic Mexican lunch.
|Sphinxes at the Liberty Memorial|