Baltimore in November

November 16, 2015

Yes, it is the day after I got back from Napa, and I’m back on another plane–this time for work.   I did laundry on Sunday afternoon when I came home, worked a full day on Monday, came home and packed, ate a chili frank plate from Cafe 100 for dinner, then took the United Airlines flight from Hilo to Los Angeles and then from Los Angeles to Baltimore.

I went to Baltimore, Maryland, to attend a Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) conference. CAEL is a national non-profit organization that sets the standard for quality in Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and best practices for adult learning programs. CAEL focuses on expanding lifelong learning opportunities for adults by advancing experiential learning and its assessment through joint ventures with higher education, industry, and labor unions.  This year’s conference theme: “Where to Grow from Here: Scaling What Works for Adult Students,” tackles issues of scalability within educational systems. How do we grow our educational systems to effectively reach greater numbers of adult learners?

There were over 500 educators at this conference talking about how to make sure we make learning meaningful to adult learners and making educational opportunities accessible to our non traditional learners.

Are you a nontraditional learner thinking about earning your college degree?  Can you connect any of your prior learning to HawCC offerings? Contact Anne Chung at Hawaii Community College (archung@hawaii.edu) for more information about prior learning assessment (PLA) opportunities that might be available to you.

I stayed at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. This hotel is located across the street from the conference hotel and is also located near the convention center and Camden Yards, home of the beloved (by my husband) Orioles. Since I’m at the conference all day and the city gets dark by 5 p.m. this time of year, I did not do much exploring during my free time. I did make it to the fitness center and the hotel restaurant. I had to get my crab fix in while I was here–I had a salad with a crab cake one night, a cream of crab soup the next night, and a crab-stuffed shrimp the third night. Can you tell I love crab!

After the conclusion of the conference, I had a half day left to take in Baltimore.  Of course, I spent the time around food.  I booked a Charm City Food Tour for their Little Italy and Jonestown tour. As you may have noticed, I love food and so make it a point to find food tours on my travels.  I have been on food tours in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Alexandria and have had great experiences on each of them. This one was no different.

My three tour mates and I met our tour guide, Nick, on the edge of Jonestown and Little Italy. Nick proceeded to take us on a walking tour of these areas. During our walk, Nick shared trivia about the area we visited.  The first food stop on this tour was to a family-owned Sicilian restaurant, Cafe Gia, where we had a creamy spinach and ricotta ravioli and a tender Italian-roasted beef.  We then stopped at a Jewish deli, Attman’s Deli, where the line was long and full of locals.  Thanks to Nick, we had reservations and didn’t have to stand in the long line.  We sampled a delicious corned beef sandwich, their homemade pickles, a coddie (the Baltimore Jewish/kosher alternative to a crab cake), and a potato knish. After our awesome corned beef sandwich, we stopped at what is known as the Flag House, where Mary Pickersgill sewed the original Star-Spangled Banner.  The third food stop of the tour (by which time we were getting a little full) was to Chiapparelli’s to eat bread with oils, salad with a delicious salad dressing that was light and tasty, and two pizzas.  One pizza,  called the Godfather, was hearty and spicy. The other was a classic Neapolitan Margherita pizza with fresh basil. Yum! The dessert stop of the day was to Piedigrotta Bakery whose proprietor is credited with the invention of tiramisu. A message to my three new friends whom I met on the tour–don’t forget to get in touch with me when you come to Hilo–the Hilo Food Tour is waiting for you! #spam

This was my third trip to Baltimore, a city I love to visit for its character, food, and history.  If you go to Baltimore, be sure to visit the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point, Fort McHenry, and Camden Yards and tell me all about what you did.  A favorite Baltimore memory of mine is from our family trip in 2012 when we took in an Orioles game, met and took a picture with Boog Powell while standing in line to buy some of his tasty BBQ, and then cheering on the Baltimore Orioles! Family travels–family memories. Priceless.

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