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The Unofficial Visitor's Guide to Omaha

The email popped into my inbox when I was sitting around the hotel watching games.

“Things about Omaha to see” was the subject line.

I nearly deleted it. I figured it was probably an email generated by the organizing committee for the NCAA Tournament regional here in Omaha. Send an email to the out-of-town media. Give them some options of some fun things to do.

But I went ahead and gave the email a look.

So glad I did.

Because it wasn’t from Omaha’s visitors bureau. It was from Jon Tritsch. He’s a college librarian at Lamar in Beaumont, Texas, but he grew up in Nebraska City, not far south of Omaha. He attended Peru State in Peru, Neb., which is an hour or so south of Nebraska City. John Helsley and I actually passed a sign on our way to Omaha on Wednesday that pointed us toward Peru State, and we both said, “Oh, so THAT’S where Peru State is!”

Anyway, Jon is an avid reader of He tells me that he reads all sorts of newspapers online — sounds like a great perk of being a college librarian — and he had some very nice words about what he reads on our site.

He saw my first travel blog from Omaha the other day, and he wanted to offer a little local knowledge. It’s good enough that I wanted to share. After all, there may be some Oklahoma State fans here, and who knows? The College World Series might bring more folks from our fair state to Omaha down the road.

Here’s what Jon had to say about Omaha:

Check out the Bob Kerrey Bridge behind the arena. It is a pedestrian bridge straddling the Missouri River between Omaha and Council Bluffs. Take a selfie of yourself standing on the state line in the middle of the bridge.

“If you have time, check out the Henry Doorly Zoo. Outstanding! One of the best in the U.S. No fooling.

“If you want to try Czech cuisine, try the Bohemian Caf? on South 13th St, close to downtown. I always eat there whenever I am up there. I like the Czech goulash or the Burgundy Beef or the Boiled Beef with dill gray and dumplings, too.

“For walking, Creighton University is nearby as well as the baseball stadium where they play the College World Series.”

Like I told Jon, I have a soft spot for goulash, so I’m thinking the Bohemian Cafe may get a visit from me. And visiting the bridge behind the arena and straddling the state line sounds cool, too.

I’ve always wanted to be in two places at once.

Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›