O! What a city.
The people of Omaha are very friendly. Those passing by on the street are very likely to greet you, and people are always smiling at you. It’s behavior that puts me a little on edge, until I make myself relax. It’s a safe city, not like the bad part of Atlanta I stayed in a couple of months ago. While I didn’t encounter any Asians, even at the Vietnamese restaurant I visited, I also didn’t encounter any ignorant rants like that one day in Oklahoma City. (It still doesn’t make sense, since Oklahoma has that big Vietnamese population…but don’t ask me to figure out what goes on in the minds of idiots.)
My trip here was pretty spontaneous. I was already in Texas for recurrent training, so I figured I should hop on a plane and knock out another state since a) I failed to do it last month and b) I was already in the middle of the country. I chose Omaha based on the flight availability and its nice weather. It was in the 70s and sunny the day I arrived, perfect weather for wandering a city. I discovered that Omaha has a lot of parks - so many that I decided to leave them for my next post.
My first stop was the Old Market, where all the action happens. It's in the heart of downtown, and filled with restaurants, boutiques, and interesting secondhand shops. Nearly all the buildings are made of brick, and you have to drive a little slower on the bumpy brick roads.
I popped into Ted & Wally’s, where they make ice cream the old fashioned way. I had a sample of cinnamon ice cream after lunch and wanted to come back when I wasn’t full to bursting, but I ended up having a big dinner as well. It's a shame, because that little taste of ice cream was smooth, creamy, and rich. I would have loved to have an actual scoop!
|Ted & Wally's ice cream makers!|
I had dinner at M's Pub, where their carrot dog is quite popular. This vegetarian yet filling twist on a hot dog uses a marinated and grilled carrot, served with greens, sauerkraut, relish, and some excellent stone ground mustard. It was tasty and fresh, and I was so stuffed since I ate it after a baked brie appetizer...and had a cocktail and a beer. But I had to. It was quite lively in there; I wouldn't have thought it was a weeknight.
|M's Pub Carrot Dog|
Driving in other states is pretty fun. I got a rental car so I wouldn’t have to wait around for the bus, and now I think I’ll be getting a rental car in every new state I visit. It makes things so much more convenient!
|Standing in two states at once.|
The footbridge is an award-winning piece of architecture, and one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the country. It has informative stations talking about the Missouri River, and how attempts to control it with dams and shaping have come with costs, as the river has shrunk greatly and the life associated with it has reduced or even become endangered. A handful of government entities are working together to regain the lost habitat and protect the existence of the declining native species.
The Old Market and the pedestrian bridge were pretty cool places. In my next post, I'll show you some of Omaha's parks and gardens.