Living in Washington, D.C. is definitely way different than a typical life in central Illinois. Every time I go outside to travel somewhere, I have to decide the best way to get there either via walking, biking, bus, or metro. Once I have decided how I will travel, I have the privilege of seeing many incredible sights on the way to my destination. I have encountered many unique parts of the city within this first week. One of my favorite things to do is to travel around at different times of the day to see the monuments, because they carry a different type of beauty based on the weather and time of day. I am comfortable riding the metro now as well as using the Capitol Bike system. The city is definitely a busy place with cars, busses, and taxis rushing from one place to the next. Yet, there are places that you can find that are quiet and beautiful even in the middle of all the business. For example, right off of the National Mall is a butterfly garden that you will see below in a picture that provided a beautiful and calm walk. There are also so many choices of places to eat around the city, it can be overwhelming trying to decide where to go! The trick is to just ask people about their favorite places and then try it out! We found a cute little ice cream place the other night after doing a little research!
While I am here in D.C. I needed to find a place to study and work on my assignments for my online class. I found the perfect place to study: the library! The crazy thing is that the Library of Congress is huge and contains almost every single book you could want! It is incredible! In fact, there are 3 buildings that make up the Library of Congress and each building is named after a president who contributed significantly to the collection of books: Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. The main building that you see pictures of below is the Jefferson building. Each of the pictures below show a bit of what it is like to be in the library.
Meet Miss Coon
I love to learn new things! One great place to learn is by spending time in nature and the outdoors! Any opportunity that I can get to take a bike ride, hike, or walk I will gladly do it! I also love music and enjoy playing my flute at church and singing with my sisters. But most of all, I love kids. My passion is to teach children to inquire, and to love learning about this incredible world as I do. My students tend to think I love to learn just because I am a teacher. By modeling the struggle of learning and researching my own interests, I hope my students and others can follow my example and be empowered to seek after their questions to find answers in the midst of the struggle.