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6 Ways to Beat the Iowa City Spring Break Blues

So…your fun friends left for their Cancun beach trip while your lame friends took extra shifts at work, and your smart friends went home to pet their dogs. Regardless, you’re stuck in Iowa City for break. Fortunately, The Black Sheep has your back. Here are six things to do in Iowa City if you’re stuck with the spring break blues.

6.) Read All of the Quotes on the Iowa Literary Walk:

“To be or not to be.” That quote isn’t on the Lit Walk, but you won’t know that for sure unless you take this important stroll. Iowa has one of the best English programs in the country, and there is no better way to celebrate that while reliving the stress of your pending unemployment than to read all of the quotes engraved beneath your feet. From T.S. Eliot to Flannery O’Conner, “these famous authors have been pooped on by birds and puked on by frat boys for over 15 years.”

5.) People Watch at Starbucks:

We college kids are curious cats, and there is nothing more interesting than the crowd that will inevitably head into Starbucks for their mid-day caffeine boost. Spring break brings out the sun-happy families that spend the winter months hidden away in their IC Victorian homes. Starbucks is a great place to enjoy a colorful Frappuccino and seek out the latest mom fashion trends. Heck, maybe you’ll even see your professor in board shorts!

4.) Take a Whiff of the Parking Lot of Pop’s BBQ:

For all of you pork heads out there, Pop’s BBQ is the place to be. Though most of us have never been inside of Pop’s, the smell of sweet, sweet sauce which wafts into the often vacant parking lot outside is more than enough. On any spring break day, find your way to Pop’s and take a big whiff of crisp meats drenched in salty liquid. Yum!

3.) Touch Clothing at Every High-End Boutique in the Ped-Mall:

Don’t let the fact that you can’t afford a $437 cardigan from Catherine’s stop you from a hearty day of shopping. Most college kids can’t afford a $4 sandwich from Subway, but somehow the plethora of expensive boutiques have still found a chic home in Iowa City. Spend an afternoon strolling around all five of these boutiques simply feeling the material of these clothes that cost more than your shitty apartment.

2.) Take Out the Trash in Your Crummy Apartment:

The winters in Iowa City are harsh. When the snow isn’t falling, hail is. And when hail isn’t falling, the wind makes it impossible to bump to your Discover Weekly playlist while strolling across the T. Anne Cleary Walkway. Fortunately, spring break marks the beginnings of better weather here in IC. This means that you no longer have an excuse to tell your roommates that you’ll take out the trash when you get “less stressed.” You’ll be amazed at the clearings of your sinuses as well. Hay fever? More like yuckTRASHfever.

1.) Ride the Pentacrest-Night CAMBUS for several hours:

Blue to booze, red to bed. This sentiment has been echoing in the minds of every Hawkeye baby since orientation. However, some CAMBUS routes still remain as mysterious as the design plan behind the EPB. There’s no better way to pass the time than to ride this bus till it just can’t ride anymore. After this you’ll finally be able to answer the age-old question, “where does the Pentacrest-Night bus go?”

However vacant Iowa City seems to be over the spring break holiday, you can never be bored with these six activities to keep you busy as a springtime bee! Pollinate those flowers, bloom like a tree, and enjoy your break but not your break from IC.

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