Capping off a very busy week, I spent the past two days at a conference in Baltimore, Maryland! I am the president of my school’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program, which pairs college students with individuals in the community who need English language assistance. I was invited with two other members of the organization to attend the 50th annual TESOL (Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages) Conference in Baltimore.
First, let me just say how much I love Baltimore. It was so nice to get away from the college bubble for a little while and spend some time in a big city. The weather wasn’t too cold while we were there, but it was incredibly windy! We explored the beautiful Baltimore Inner Harbor area and went downtown to check out the nightlife after the conference.
Walking around the city, I paired a light coat with my blue polka-dot conference dress (similar here). I also made sure to wear my favorite comfy flats for the conference. They’re nothing too fancy but they are incredibly comfortable and I always get a lot of compliments on them. The flats are perfect for long internship commutes, professional events with a lot of walking, or just comfortable everyday wear.
At the conference I heard best practices for teaching English from teachers and schools across the globe. I was amazed by all the creative things teachers are doing to improve the lives of their students. One organization had started a summer book club for refugee children, and another was using theater to teach children English. It was also fun seeing people from so many different cultural backgrounds in one place. Standing in the lobby of the conference center there were six or seven different languages being spoken at any given time!
Oh, the food! I’ve never felt so full in my life. We definitely didn’t skimp on going to delicious restaurants. For dinner on Thursday night we ate at Maisy’s. My first time at Maisy’s was earlier this year when my boyfriend and I went to Baltimore on an overnight trip. It’s a dark, pub-like atmosphere, and the waitresses all call you “darling” when you walk in.
We ordered calamari as an appetizer to split between the three of us and it was super crispy and tasty. The best part, though, was definitely the main course. I ordered the Crab Filet Mignon, which is steak encrusted with blue cheese and crab and topped with raspberry sauce. AKA the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth! I highly recommend Maisy’s to anyone in the Baltimore area.
For lunch on Friday we went to the French Kitchen, located in the Lord Baltimore Hotel. The restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful and the food was even better. I ordered the chicken pot pie. The pastry was thick and a lot more hearty than I expected, and it even included a crown, the symbol of the Lord Baltimore Hotel! By the time we got back to the conference I felt like I was entering a food coma.
I am home in Lexington now preparing for final exams and I’m already missing the conference and the city vibes. Do you prefer city or country life? What are your best travel tips? Shout out in the comments section!