Air and Space:VA + Natural History

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Continuing my DC adventures of 2016 Staycation, I was fortunate enough to have a friend who is adventurous and willing to drive out to the VA Air and Space Museum. I was not sure what to expect. It was fantastic! Our adventure in the museum including seeing a plane that flew from my hometown in Michigan to Chicago, seeing the Discovery Space Shuttle (1984 was a good year), Flak Bait in the Restoration Hangar, a fun planetarium presentation, and a mock air traffic control room with views of Maryland and West Virginia. I did not know about the restoration hangar, but a friendly volunteer told me about it! MAKE SURE YOU GO TO RESTORATION HANGAR! They have one day a year when they open it up to the public – it’s on my list for next year!

I went to the National Museum of Natural History last Saturday. It was a holiday weekend and within 2 hours, I was ready to bolt. I went as part of an assignment for my grad school class, so I checked out their ocean habitat:

I was pleasantly surprised by a few exhibits. My mentor teacher told me about the Nat Geo Best Photography exhibit that included student photographers – one by an 18-year-old blew me away!

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Thomas Goebel, age 18. Proxy Falls, Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon

What I was not expecting was the brilliant colors, patterns, and life found in the National Geographic Into Africa exhibit. Here’s a sample of the brilliance of Frans Lanting’s photography!

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North + South

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I have lived in DC for a year and a half now. I joined a church that is #OnMissionEveryDay

Last year I went to Northern Ireland and helped with a church that put on a citywide festival called iHeartDerry. I loved working with kids again — it was a catalyst for pursuing positions after my protege year where I could interact with children. My team was amazing, and I loved experiencing a new part of the world.

On Friday, I am embarking on another adventure. I am joining nineteen other people traveling to South Africa. This year I have had to confront my own ideas about race. Current events help me ponder and form my thoughts on racial reconciliation. I am ready to be a student (not a savior) in South Africa and learn more about the culture, history, and what God is doing through His people there now.

Don’t be fooled… this is the beginning of their winter season. It’ll be a nice spring/fall-like weather for this Michigan girl who is struggling with 90’s in May in DC! However, I do plan to try surfing in the Indian Ocean. Because how many times can you say you’ve done that?!

Specific prayer requests:

  • People to Meet! So excited whenever I go somewhere new because that means the country will become personal. I’ll be able to know names, faces, and stories of people in South Africa.
  • Willingness to Learn. I LOVE LEARNING. It’s one of my top 5 strengths in StrengthsFinder. Sometimes the stretching of minds/ideas is painful. Learning the hard truths of what life has been like for some people is a hard pill to swallow. Hoping my compassion will increase.
  • Rest. Honestly, I’m in deep need for rest. Hoping I can get some of it while away.
  • Team Health
  • Team Unity
  • Luggage getting there!
  • Safe flights

From North to South, I love travel. I love the Church. I love learning more about myself, God and others. #LoveDoes

DC Living: Travel (Cars)

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Having a car can be a good thing.

But then you weigh the pros and cons and notice that it’s ok to live in DC without it.

Pros:

  • You have freedom to explore the DMV* more than a few miles.
  • You can escape the city at any given point.
  • Group outings
  • Can lessen travel time

Cons:

  • Registering your car at the DMV** (I hear this is nightmare-ish)
  • Tickets (our church actually budgets for tickets for their church van)
  • Gas prices
  • Tickets
  • Parking (usually metered or parallel or zoned two hour parking)
  • Did I mention tickets?

I’ve lived for over a year without a car. I’m not great at asking people for rides, but my roommate definitely is. Now that I’ve figured out more bus routes, I am better, but you definitely want to make friends with people with cars. 🙂

*While most places DMV stands for Department of Motor Vehicles, in DC DMV stands for DC, Maryland, Virginia.

**In this instance DMV actually does stand for Department of Motor Vehicles.

DC Living: Travel

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In DC, WMATA is your friend.

OK, so maybe there are metro problems. Lines close. You have to be flexible and plan around it.

But for the most part, I am rarely in a hurry when using public transportation. I do not use the metro for my commute — I take two buses.

That being said, if you DON’T know, there’s a 7-day bus pass you can purchase on the WMATA site for $17.50. If you ride the bus more than 10 times/week, it actually works in your favor. I take the bus to church as well, so it’s a good deal for me.

Buses go pretty much everywhere, so I’m glad I’ve mostly overcome my fear of sitting next to strangers (man, the school bus I rode when I was younger could be so brutal while sitting next to older kids…).

App I use: DC Metro Transit
Includes Metro Map, Next Bus/Train, Trip Planner and more.

Cars are another story in DC… Next post will cover that…

I’m Going to Northern Ireland

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I realize that most people reading my blog don’t know me.

It won’t take long for you to figure out I LOVE to travel. I love meeting new people. Two years ago I was embarking on a new adventure spending several days in a Haitian orphanage. I met people, hiked MOUNTAINS (with asthma I might add!), and took pictures with some of the cutest kids on the planet. I watched the stars with some amazing people, woke up to see the sunrise while sitting on a narrow ledge of the school we were helping to build, and was so excited when it rained.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~Saint Augustine

This summer, I have the chance to travel to Northern Ireland with my church. We’ll be working alongside a church putting on a week long festival for their city. This year I have been learning a lot about events + promotion, so it’s exciting to see it happen in another country. Derry is a city with a violent history. I’m excited to listen to the stories from the locals. I want to learn as much as I can.

One of the beauties of traveling is getting to know so many people in different places. Through my travels, I have friends around the world. While my heart will never be whole again, it makes me happy to leave a part of it with the people I meet.

In order to find out more about what we’ll be doing in Northern Ireland, check out my Razoo page. If you want to support me financially, that’d be awesome.

How are you trying to leave your mark on the world?

Are you involved in reconciliation locally or globally?