Exploring the Land of Fire and Ice

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For spring break this year, I was lucky enough to travel to Iceland (with my beautiful friend and roommate Clare). We stayed in an Airbnb in downtown Reykjavik (I highly recommend this!) and took day tours to the South Coast and the Golden Circle. For the full effect of traveling with me, put on the Game of Thrones theme and hum it out loud repeatedly for several hours, then realize why Clare decided to spend the rest of spring break at home.

Wayne County Fair

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Having lived in Wooster almost four years for school now, I had only been to the Wayne County Fair once before until about a week ago. I thought that was unacceptable, so I grabbed my roommates for an afternoon of livestock, apple dumplings as big as our faces, and people watching. I didn’t want to bring along my bulky dslr, but I did snap some pictures on my iPhone, edited with VSCO.  
    

  
  
  

No Rain in the Northwest

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I have loved traveling to the Pacific Northwest often since I was a young child, the visits to family, the stunning scenery, and (more recently) the amazing coffee.  This trip was especially meaningful, as my family and I honored my grandfather’s life at my aunt’s home in Oregon.

But first, a visit to my great grandmother at the beach:IMG_2259 IMG_2294 IMG_2276We were surprised with blue skies for our whole trip, and didn’t see a single drop of rain. Lucky for us, not lucky for the continuing drought.IMG_2266IMG_2313 IMG_2300 IMG_2304These are the remains of a whale that had washed up to shore a few weeks earlier. Even though it was a young whale, I found the size of its bones incredible. How does such a creature float?IMG_2299IMG_2314Grandma’s house in the dunesIMG_2322We also managed to squeeze in a visit to Lake Quinault in the rainforest, a first for me.IMG_2352IMG_2316We ate at the lodge and hiked in the afternoon. The rainforest was much cooler than the city, but still quite warm (and no rain).IMG_2354IMG_2327IMG_2392IMG_2390IMG_2383IMG_2358IMG_2337IMG_2326IMG_2347IMG_2397Next, on to Portland, the City of RosesIMG_2400IMG_2399IMG_2408IMG_2407IMG_2404IMG_2409And finally, a brief stop in Seattle to visit my uncle:IMG_2456IMG_2412IMG_2434Days when the mountain is out are my favorite kinds of daysIMG_2416IMG_2438We went down to Pike Place Market to exploreIMG_2440IMG_2443IMG_2448IMG_2447IMG_2417My favorite Mt. Baker lookoutIMG_2424IMG_2436IMG_2472IMG_2437IMG_2470

Botanical

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It’s hard to believe, but I only have about a month left of this ultra-busy summer! (Let’s not talk about my impending senior year of college.) I have absolutely loved working at the Dittrick Museum for my summer internship, but I also feel like I haven’t gotten to do some of the things I love when I’m home and in Cleveland. This past week I worked to remedy that some by trying a new restaurant (Momo’s–delicious), hanging out with my siblings, and going to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.IMG_2170

I’ve been coming to these gardens ever since I was a small child, but I’ve grown to appreciate them more as I’ve gotten older.IMG_2171 IMG_2176 IMG_2178

Cleveland isn’t exactly an urban jungle, but it’s still nice to have such a peaceful place nearby to wander around.IMG_2181 IMG_2183 IMG_2186 IMG_2191 IMG_2198 IMG_2200 IMG_2204 IMG_2211 IMG_2218 IMG_2220 IMG_2226 IMG_2228 IMG_2231

Tomorrow I’m off to the Pacific Northwest once again for ten days. After today’s excursion, I feel well-rested and ready to go.IMG_2236 IMG_2238

Rare Book Interlude

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This summer I have, again, found a fantastic job for an aspiring historian.  While last summer I was a research assistant working on a digital local history project (woosterhistory.org), this year I’m interning at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History in Cleveland.  It’s been a really fun job so far, and one of the perks is that I get to be around beautiful rare books and antique medical supplies.  I can’t really take much credit for the beauty of these images–my iphone pictures I took in the basement can’t really do much justice to these artifacts.  Still, I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds! (You can keep up with my findings on my Instagram and after I leave, keep up with the museum’s Instagram)

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Martin Frobenius Ledermüller’s Mikroskopische Gemüths- und Augen-Ergötzung, 1763.

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C. G. Calwer’s Käferbuch, 1876.

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Various medications from Japan.

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Helleborous Niger, “employed as a stimulant to the menstrual flow when the patient complains of flashes of heat, burning of the surface, especially of nates and thighs, and sensitiveness of the perineal and pelvic structures; also in the treatment of hypochondria and hysteria.” Don’t mind the poison label underneath.

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Happe’s Botanica Pharmaceutica, 1785.

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Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, 1665.

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Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, 1665. (Ice crystals)

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Vincent Tagereau’s L’Impuissance de l’homme et de la femme, 1887 edition.

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Leeuwenhoek’s letters to the Royal Society of London, published 1684-88. These are the cork slices he looked at under his homemade microscope, discovering and coining the word “cells”.

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Distilled water. Prime candidate for snake-oil medicine status.

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Sylvanus Hanley’s British and Foreign Shells, 1856.

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Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. I got chills looking at this history of the world from the perspective of Europeans who didn’t even know the continent I’m standing on existed.

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Happe’s Botanica Pharmaceutica, 1785.

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De Alchimia Opuscula, 1550.

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Happe’s Botanica Pharmaceutica, 1785.

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William Withering’s An Account of the Foxglove, 1785.

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Edwin D Babbitt’s The Principles of Light and Color, 1878.