Upon arrival, I was able to find a couple of other teachers at the hotel who wanted to walk around D.C. for awhile before our first official welcoming reception. Although it was a brisk walk in 30 degree weather, we had a great time discussing our upcoming travels and seeing some of the sights of D.C. I was most impressed by the Korean War Memorial which was really eerie but really beautiful. It was also important for me to see the Vietnam War Memorial as my Dad fought in that war. Seeing the sheer amount of names etched into the black granite was incredibly sobering. I was quite surprised at how reflective the surface was as it enabled you to have a unique view of D.C. while looking at the mass of names...really amazing.
It is pretty incredible to have so much brainpower in one room! The past few days I spent meeting with amazing teachers from all over the U.S. who, like me, are traveling abroad this spring or summer through Teachers for Global Classrooms sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Besides hearing some great speakers and discussing how to globalize education at our schools around the U.S., the highlight of the Washington D.C. trip was meeting the teachers that we will be traveling with to Senegal. We have such a great group of people! We were able to go out to a West African restaurant together on Friday night to try some typical food of the region. (The food was spicy! and I even tried goat...!) It was so fun to discuss the similarities and differences of our cities and schools plus discuss our upcoming anticipation about our travels to Africa. We leave in about 6 weeks!
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