Back from Baltimore

Sorry for the long absence! I was in Baltimore at a conference, getting my continuing ed credits for the year and having as much fun as I could possibly squeeze in when I wasn’t in conference sessions.  Photobomb…comin’ atcha:

Obligatory airplane photo.  I knew my 4 yr old would think it was cool that we were above the clouds!

Obligatory airplane photo. I knew my 4 yr old would think it was cool that we were above the clouds!

 

Beautiful Baltimore!  My  view from the 18th floor.

Beautiful Baltimore! My view from the 18th floor.

 

Lots of extra ships were in the harbor for the big celebration -- 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Lots of extra ships were in the harbor for the big celebration — 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.

 

I know Baltimore has it's issues, but the Inner Harbor area seemed very safe.  We loved walking around and seeing the harbor at night.

I know Baltimore has it’s issues, but the Inner Harbor area seemed very safe. We loved walking around and seeing the harbor at night.

 

It's not a trip to Baltimore without some crabs and a Natty Boh, right?

It’s not a trip to Baltimore without some crabs and a Natty Boh, right?

 

This is the HMS Argyll, which I got to take a VIP tour of thanks to meeting some of its crew in Fell's Point.

This is the HMS Argyll, which I got to take a VIP tour of thanks to meeting some of its crew in Fell’s Point.

 

See?  Told ya I got to go onboard!  We also got to see the GPS systems, galley, and bunk areas.  The lowest-ranking crew members sleep in big rooms with 39 people -- triple-decker bunks!

See? I told you I got to go onboard! We also got to see the GPS systems, galley, and bunk areas. The lowest-ranking crew members sleep in big rooms with 39 people — thirteen triple-decker bunks per room!

 

I'm crazy about these nautical flags, even though I have no clue what they mean.

I’m crazy about these nautical flags, even though I have no clue what they mean.

 

Crappy picture of the inside of Ft. McHenry, but I loved learning more about the War of 1812, the Battle of Baltimore, and the big big flag that flew above it (32' x 40') -- that's the one Francis Scott Key wrote about in the Star Spangled Banner!

Crappy picture of the inside of Ft. McHenry, but I loved learning more about the War of 1812, the Battle of Baltimore, and that big flag that flew above it (32′ x 40′) — that’s the one Francis Scott Key wrote about in the Star Spangled Banner!

 

Canoli!  Baltimore has a great Little Italy (although I think St. Louis' is just as good) and canoli is one of their specialities.  Oh my goodness... I love sweets, but even I couldn't finish one.  #canolihangover

Canoli! I met a Ravelry friend for dinner and dessert in Little Italy and canoli is one of the must-try specialities. Oh my goodness… I love sweets, but even I couldn’t finish one. #canolihangover

Orioles game with my coworker, running buddy and travel partner extraordinare.  Go O's!

Orioles game with my coworker/running buddy/travel partner extraordinare. Go O’s!  (We got to see them beat the Yankees, which was a special treat for this Cardinals fan.)

I even managed to take a little day trip to Washington DC to meet up with my blog friend Lisa (click on this photo to go to her blog!) and her adorable daughter.  (If you're ever in DC with a little one, definitely check out the children's area on the 3rd floor of the American Indian museum.  She was entertained for over an hour, crawling from exhibit to exhibit, while we talked!)

I even managed to take a little day trip to Washington DC to meet up with my blog friend Lisa (click on this photo to go to her blog!) and her adorable daughter. (If you’re ever in DC with a little one, definitely check out the children’s area on the 3rd floor of the American Indian museum. She was entertained for over an hour, crawling from exhibit to exhibit, while we talked!)

I guess I could tell you about some of the interesting things I learned in my conference: receivership for nuisance properties, public-private partnership for economic revitalization of neighborhoods, etc etc etc…but strangely I don’t have any photos to go along with those stories.  =)  I had a great time but I was so ready to get home.

Have you ever been to Baltimore?  Does the mention of canoli make you quote The Godfather?  Should I watch The Wire?

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38 thoughts on “Back from Baltimore

  1. Looks like you managed to cram quite a lot of fun into your business trip! Yay for being a business trip tourist! I once again did that earlier this month while in FL…and there might be another UK trip in the next couple of weeks so I’m already pondering what adventures that will hold, too.
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    • I know, it would have been great to get to meet you. Maybe someday I’ll get back to the Eastern time zone and we’ll make it happen! (Also — The Wire. Noted!)

  2. Hey, you beat me to the post :). I’m soooo over due for a blog post! It was so wonderful to meet you, like catching up with an old friend and I love the photo recap. Wish they were bigger on your blog though! The view from your hotel was great and the moon trying to peak out from the clouds, very cool.

    • Yes, it really was like catching up with an old friend. I wish we lived closer, I would love to have a meet-up/play date with you and your kiddos every week or so! Sorry for the little pictures — I never know if people think it’s annoying to have to scroll through a ton of large pictures.

  3. Such cool photos in Baltimore!
    Yes, I was there for BlogU. I didn’t get to explore a lot but I went as a kid with my family a few times and we had a ton of fun at the inner harbor. I remember a delicious Italian restaurant I visited when I was 19. Really great ravioli!
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    • I was thinking BlogU probably kept you pretty busy! I’m thinking maybe next year I’ll be able to go to a blog conference if there’s one in the midwest that isn’t too expensive — maybe Bloggy Boot Camp?

    • Well, it *is* in Baltimore! But I think it is a different part of Bmore than I was in. I actually heard a presentation at the conference about programs JH is doing to improve the neighborhoods around campus — everything from paying employees to live nearby to helping schools with their science curriculum and facilities. It was very impressive!

    • I like to think I made the most of it! (Gotta take advantage when someone else is picking up the airplane and hotel bill, right?) Sometimes we are in places that are harder to explore on foot, but downtown Baltimore was great.

    • Thanks! Yes, I loved riding the water taxi at night and seeing the city lights from out on the water! I missed my family but it was really great to get away and just “be Sarah” for a few days without having anyone else to worry about.

    • Yeah, as part of my conference we saw a lot of maps of the city broken down by neighborhood and color-coded by income, home values, etc. It was pretty interesting to see how close together the good and bad neighborhoods are. I doubt I’ll be back anytime soon, our conference rotates locations every year and I’ve actually only been to the East Coast about 3 times in my whole life. Too bad, it would have been fun to meet you!

  4. Wow your CLE looked a lot more fun than mine! especially the dessert which I definitely could have finished 🙂

    My only trip to Baltimore was an evening watching the Os play and a stroll through the harbor.

    • Well, the CLE was all sitting in a conference room listening to speakers. But after 5pm we’re on our own and I don’t get to travel much so I planned ahead so I could make the most of it!

    • Will do! I’ve only been to LA once but it was really fun. I love meeting up with fellow bloggers. It’s kinda weird, like “how do I know so much about this person I’ve never met?” but it’s always great to meet the person behind the blog.

    • I watched the first episode and couldn’t stop giggling at how much technology has changed since then — I think it’s set in present day (so that would have been 2002) but they were still using typewriters! I can see what you mean about it being pretty heavy… these days I like my TV light and fluffy so I probably won’t be watching it anytime soon, even though I know it’s critically acclaimed and all that.

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