I very rarely will blog about work. (However if you go back to year one, that wasn't the case) but this past weekend was work related and awesome. It was my 3rd anniversary at my school. I had started as a daily sub, was quickly asked to become a maternity sub and then given the opportunity for my own classroom that fall. It was a big deal for me to start at this school, openings don't happen often and it changed the course of my nomadic ways.
This weekend was also the American Montessori Society's annual conference, which was being held in Philadelphia. My school closed on Friday and bussed us down for the weekend to partake. I had gone to see Eric Church the night before so I caught up on sleep during the drive down but was ready for action once we finally arrived.
I attended two workshops that afternoon that both left me with pages of great activities to bring into the classroom. At the end of the day, our whole school went to dinner at El Vez. I don't socialize with my coworkers much, but it was fun to see everyone away from home & the regular grind. Dinner was great and I was ready for bed pretty early.
Initially I thought I would particate in a local race Saturday morning, but once I reevaluated the schedule, I found a workshop I had wanted to attend would fall during that time. I left that workshop with so many amazing ideas, I have no regrets about not running. Instead, I got up and ready for another full day.
During the break, I decided to venture away from the hotel for a bit. I figured out what bus to take and went to see the rocky statue & the Philadelphia museum of art. I had no plans to go inside, but walked the infamous steps and wandered the sculpture garden.
It had been raining the whole day, and I was ill prepared with no hood and no umbrella. I had just missed my return bus, so I had to wait about 30 minutes for the next one. As I stood in the rain, I contemplated taking a cab, but kept holding out. Eventually two guys walked by, one with a hooded raincoat and the other with an umbrella. I smiled at them with envy as I continued to stand and wait. A moment later, the guy with the umbrella had returned and offered it to me. I tried to decline, but he insisted. I have never been to Philadelphia before, but I can assure you that this act alone will keep this city high on my list.
On my way back to the hotel, I figured out where the Love sculpture was and swung by before heading to Reading Terminal Market for food. I knew I had to have Philly cheesesteak to keep up my super tourist status.
After two more workshops (one was a bust) I met up with a good chunk of coworkers for dinner at Cibo. The conversations were fun, and again enjoyed getting to know some of the teachers from different levels. After dinner I headed back towards the hotel to meet up Kristin for drinks. I had recognized her at dunkin donuts that morning so we made plans to meet up. We had a good time chatting about the conference, traveling & running that I left finding it hard to believe we had just met.
I was a bit relieved that there weren't any pressing workshops Sunday morning because I wanted to go to Independence Hall. Since it is one of the few Unesco sights in the US, I was eager to add it to my list of places visited.
What struck me most was how plain it all was. Many places I've visited have extremely ornate trim and decoration. Our guide was great, and I really enjoyed the short tour. I'm such a nerd for history. We were able to wander around the upstairs a bit as well before we moved on to see the Liberty Bell. The exhibit with the liberty bell was very well throughout and interesting to read.
I was only in Philadelpia for a few days, but between the conference and sight seeing I was able to do, I would definitely return.