{dc} the extra mile

July 12, 2018

Walking around Washington D.C., I started noticing some plaques in the ground. At first I didn’t know what The Extra Mile meant, but have since realized what a great idea it is to have these round medallion-like plaques put right into the sidewalk. It’s always nice to have a chance to celebrate people in our nation’s history who have “gone the extra mile” to help others. I took pictures of a couple of the individuals who I had heard about long the Points of Light Volunteer Pathway. There were definitely so many more though. Too bad there’s never enough time to look at all of them!

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Rare Books library on the Yale campus. I have heard a lot about this library and was so excited to finally have the time to go! This library is more of a museum than a library. There were lots of tourists taking pictures. This library even has 2 copies of the Gutenberg Bible, which are apparently very rare to come by! The coolest part of this library is that the exterior is made of a special material that does not allow UV rays to enter so the books can be kept in pristine condition!


The coolest library I have ever seen!


Gutenberg Bible


The cool exterior

{dc} the pretzel bakery

July 10, 2018

The first place I ate at while in Washington D.C. was The Pretzel Bakery, located not too far away from where my sister is living. I wanted to try this place out because it seemed like such a unique idea that I had never heard of before. Of course I’m not just talking about a restaurant/cafe that only serves pretzels (which they do and I’m sure are great). The point, is that they’ve taken pretzels and upped their status. Even though it was a lot, I had to try both the Breakfast Sliders (bacon, egg, and cheese on an everything pretzel roll) and the Pretzel Bomb (Nutella-filled, sweet pretzel roll topped with house-made glaze and a kiss of salt). Let me just say … this must be what pretzel heaven is like!

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{dc} 1600 pennsylvania

July 9, 2018

Over Spring Break, I went to a very American place: Washington D.C. My sister happens to live in Washington D.C. so that made the trip much cheaper since I didn’t have to pay for a place to stay. Of course one of the top places to visit was the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania. Is it perhaps one of the most famous addresses in the world? I didn’t go inside the White House or anything, because that involves way more planning ahead of time than I was able to do. But it was hilarious to see all the people walking around with “Make America Great Again” hats on as well as the protestors that I’m guessing are outside the White House daily at this point. What a contrast.

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One of my absolute favorite movies in the entire world is The Princess Bride. I don’t remember when I watched it for the first time, but I’ve watched it probably a dozen times since then and I still love it. Little did I know, the movie is based on a book! I’m not sure why this surprised me so much!

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is a bit different from the movie, but nonetheless a great read. For once, I actually enjoyed the movie more than the book! This is a rare occurrence. In the movie, a grandfather is reading a book (the movie) to a young boy. The book is not like this at all. In fact, it’s more like a manuscript with which the author explains to you why parts of the original book are no longer included because the original goes on and on and on about the history of the two cities that hate each other so much. Buttercup and Westley are pawns in the feud between the two sides. This is true in the movie as well, I suppose. It’s perhaps also because I’ve seen the movie so many times that throughout the book, whenever it included a part not in the movie, I had a hard time imagining the scene. What a fail I was in reading this book! If only I had read it first then seen the movie!