OH MY GOD. Thank you so so so much for those links; I did a quick little search through them and found some books that look like what I want PLUS some that'll be useful in grad school next year!! You deserve SO MANY free cupcakes honestly.
No problem! Those sites have saved me a lot of money so I try and tell others about them.
Cupcakes are my weakness. Well, food in general is my weakness.
After I graduate next year I think I’m going to take an east coast, historical road trip. I want to go to some of the lesser known historical places. I live in Orlando so I’ll just work my way up and back down. Some spots I plan on going to:
St. Augustine, FL - The oldest city in the US. I’ve lived in FL for 16 years now and I’ve never been there.
Savannah, GA - My hometown. It has Ft. Jackson, the oldest standing brick fort in GA, and Tybee Island Light Station, the first lighthouse on the southern Atlantic coast.
Charleston, SC - Home of the museum ships USS Yorktown and USS Laffey, both built during World War II.
Kill Devil Hills, NC - Home of the Wright Brothers National Memorial where they took their first flight.
Ocracoke, NC - Where Blackbeard was killed. There’s a cove called Teach’s Hole where he was supposedly executed. It’s supposed to be haunted.
Richmond, VA - They have the Edgar Allen Poe Museum and the James Monroe tomb.
Mason Neck, VA - Home of founding father George Mason.
Alexandria, VA - Site of Gadsby’s Tavern. They serve period and modern foods. It was frequently visited by George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.
Washington, DC - I’ve been here twice already. The Smithsonian Museums alone are enough to make me want to live there. Alas, I would need to be making a lot more money to afford it.
Silver Springs, MD - Home of the National Museum of Health and Medicine.
Baltimore, MD - It has the Flag House and Star Spangled Banner Museum, home of Mary Pickersgill who made the Star Spangled Banner flag. There’s also the museum ship USS Constellation, the last sail-only warship designed and built by the US Navy.
Altoona, PA - Home of the Leap-The-Dips roller coaster, the world’s oldest operating wooden roller coaster.
Pottsville, PA - Home of the D.G. Yuengling & Son Brewery, the oldest operating brewing company in the US and one of my favorite beers.
Born Marianne Joan Elliot-Said, Poly Styrene was a British singer/songwriter for the punk rock band X-Ray Spex. She was one of the first female punk icons. Styrene moved to London on her own at 15, studying to be an opera singer. After seeing the Sex Pistols she decided to strike out into rock, placing an ad in a British magazine looking for “young punx who want to stick it together”. This led to the formation of X-Ray Spex. The group released one album, but became very popular in Britain performing in Chelsea and at the Roxy. They also toured in the US. Being of mixed race, having braces, and wearing bright colors, Styrene wasn’t the typical front person for a rock band in the 70’s.
After X-Ray Spex broke up, Styrene went on to release three solo albums and remained active in the music scene. She died in 2011 from cancer. Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Trigre are said to have been inspired by her.
“When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down around you.”—Lemony Snicket (via dailydoseofbookssauce)