This week is already week three! Hard to believe, huh? For this week, I have to talk about my city and country. Read along!
Activity 1- If we were to visit the capital city of your country, what are three places you would recommend either of us see?
My capital city is Washington, D.C. It is a smaller city of about 650,000 people. It’s the 25th biggest city in the US. Most of the attractions are government buildings, like the Lincoln Memorial or the Capitol Building. However, these three I would recommended:
1. Washington Monument– It was once the tallest structure in the world, from 1884-1889. It is still the tallest obelisk and the tallest stone structure. 555 feet (169 meters) tall, it’s 897 steps to the top. Thankfully, they installed an elevator in 2001!
2. The Smithsonian Institution- This should be more like 29 items! There are nineteen museums in the whole institution, nine research centers, and a zoo. Founded on August 10, 1846, it now contains 137,000,000 artifacts in the world’s largest museum. The National Zoological Park is one of the USA’s oldest zoos, and it’s free!
3. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing– I’ve been to Washington four times before, but never to here! The place where money is made-literally. Free of charge again, but you may need a reservation at certain times of the year.
Activity 2- If we were to visit the capital city of your state or province, what are three places you would recommend?
The capital of my state (Florida) is Tallahassee. There’s not much to do in Tallahassee. Tallahassee has a population just under 200,000, and is the only city in Leon County. It’s the 125th largest city in the US. It is a recognized city for colleges and scientific research.
1. Florida State Capitol– The old capitol building for Florida, from 1845-1973. Was restored to its 1902 version in the 1980’s. Open year-round and free. I personally visited it, so I can give good reviews.
2. Florida A&M University– This college is America’s oldest African-American college. A sight to see if you’re a civil rights activist.
3. Museum of Florida History – A great museum detailing the timeline of Florida from sabertooth tigers to the new millennium.
Activity 3- All countries have their own currency. Research the history of your currency. What was the first type of currency? Which animals and people appear on your currency now and in the past? Write a post relating to currency, maybe include an image of some of yours. You might choose just one note or coin or write a general post, but remember to write in your own words. Here is a great post about wildlifeon currency. If we were to visit your country, how much would we get for $100 Australian? How much would a cup of coffee and sandwich cost us? How much would a block of chocolate cost?
I am a HUGE coin collector, so I know all about this. We started off as a British colony, so we used pounds, shillings, etc. When we first formed, we started off with bills that were frequently counterfeited and not valuable- Continental bills. We got a bank in Philadelphia in 1781, starting the first official money. The dollar was made in 1785. Money evolved until the first 10 dollar in 1861, same year that Greenbacks came out. There were two and three cent nickels for a short time. Then, the earliest I have in my collection is the Indian head pennies. My oldest is from 1875. The Buffalo nickels I know are for the first half of the 20th century. There were bunches of silver dollars, like the Barber, Morgan, and Liberty. We came out with Kennedy and Eisenhower half dollars, and president dollars, along with Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthonys. The faces of the dollars have been the same forever, although we used to have 500, 1000, and 100,000 dollar bills. Eagles and buffaloes are the only animals that I can think of that appear. 100 Australian dollars is $87.35 American. Coffee would be three dollars for a cup, a sandwich would be five, and a chocolate bar would be $1.50 (all American).
Activity 5- Where would you prefer to live – in a small town in the country or in a big city? Give pros and cons for both
I would prefer to live in a big city because there’s so much to do. You could go see a movie, go to a restaurant, visit a museum, stroll in a park, etc. In the countryside, there’s not much to do besides touristy stuff that’s set up.
Pros for big city: Lots to do, variety of choices, lots of people. Cons for big city: Air pollution, lots of people.
Pros for countryside: Peaceful, clean air, beautiful nature. Cons for countryside: Not civilized, could get lost in wilderness
Activity 6- If you could live anywhere in the world, universe or world of books, where would it be and why?
I would live on Earth, but it wouldn’t be in this time period. I would live in Israel, under King Solomon. I would see the First Temple and pray. I would try to rise to position to be with the king, and feel quite holy. It would be marvelous. If not that, I would go to the 1700’s in modern-day Ukraine and live with the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidim.
Activity 7- Write a post asking 5 questions about a country for your overseas visitors to answer. eg Where is the best place to view wildlife in your country? Which National Park has the best scenery in your country? Where would you recommend not visiting in your country and why? Remember to ask them to leave the name of the country they are from as well as the URL of their own blog so you can visit them.
Questions for my viewers? Hmm…
1. What is the best food in your country?
2. What is the thing that makes you proud to live in your country?
3. Where is the best place to go to view nature?
4. Which city is the best city in your country, in your opinion? Why?
5. What do you not like about your country?
Activity 8- What makes an Australian/Russian/American etc feel proud of their country? What makes you an Australian/Russian/American etc? Do you have to be born in that country or taken out citizenship of that country? Think about you and your country. Write a post about your feelings about being a citizen of your country. What about dual citizenship? Should you be allowed to hold office (be a politician) if you don’t have citizenship in that country?
I think it is useful to be a citizen of the United States. We have freedom of every kind. We were founded on the basis of rights for all people. We have equal representation by state and population. US citizens receive benefits form the government, although not as great as other countries. Dual citizenship is a great thing. You receive the benefits and privileges of both countries. And no, only citizens should hold office. I don’t think illegal Mexican immigrants should be allowed to run for president.
13 ACTIVITY- Some people believe in superstitions and haunted places. Are there any ghost towns or haunted places in your country? Have you ever visited them? Would you stay overnight in them? Here is a slideshow of some ghost towns around the world.
There are many ghost towns in the US. During the Gold Rush of 1848, hundreds of thousands of people rushed West to search for gold. They set up little towns. San Francisco’s population doubled over and over. Some of these towns, they found gold and stayed. Other towns found no gold. When they didn’t find gold, the people left. Other times they left because there was no water or because they were too far away from the railroad. The buildings remained, so no in places like Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California, there are the group of shacks that are abandoned.