So, I flew into Washington D.C. Wednesday night last week, took a small breather and then went to dinner and to the White House. My hotel is at 1500 Pennsylvanian Ave, just one block from the President. Thursday, I woke up early for a conference at the World Bank. International Government Organizations are so interesting. Then Friday, the touring really began. Friday morning, I saw the Washington D.C. Temple, the Washington Monument but I didn't go to the top, and the Jefferson Memorial. Then the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial that night. I almost made it the the capital, but got tired and went for Italian instead. Apparently, all of these things together sit in "The National Mall." I went to the mall but didn't buy anything. I did come away with some good pictures though. They will come soon.
Saturday, I learned all about national support groups for Children's Librarians. I met some friends for snow cones outside the National Museum of Natural History and saw the United States depicted in legos.
Sunday, I went to church in Alexandria and walked the Potomac water front.
Monday, I met Kate DeCamillo. I shook her hand. I saw Julie Andrew from a fourth row seat, and I ate a tuna sandwich that was good, but way too big for a tuna sandwich. I'm going to have to give it some time before I eat anything tuna again. Monday night, I went to the Spy Museum. I was the history of spies from the earliest parts of history until the cold war.
Today, Tuesday, I started out the day listening to a wonderful invitation from Garrison Keillor to help keep libraries refuges from the outside world where books are authorities, and our children will have the freedom of escaping from social pressures and studying whatever they would like. In one word, he was charming. After some breakfast, I went for a tour of the Library of Congress. I was excited to see the books, and saw much much more than that. The craftsmanship in that building is amazing. I liked the floors especially.
I came back to the hotel after that and took a 2 hour nap. D.C. is exhausting!