Today, we walked around Philly. I went to see the Liberty Bell – do you know why it got a crack in it? Do you think it was soon after it came to Philly?
There was this one building I went in (Liberty Hall) where I found out where it got where they signed the Declaration of Independence. It was cool. It was kinda the same as in the time when they signed it and they even kept the real chair George Washington sat in. I think they’re gonna keep keeping it as long as it lasts since they say it’s super important. The rest of the furniture they burned to bits for warmth during the winter. It looks the same because they found the original receipts where everything was ordered so then they ordered the stuff to make it look like the same place where they signed the Declaration of Independence.
I really like how we are going around seeing the town. Oh, and we went to this awesome market (Reading Market). I didn’t like the (my mom says they are very good) Italian cannolis but they had some really really yummy chocolate! Good truffles – extra dark. Its a good place for lunch if you want to wait for lunch to be made. I had a Philly Cheesesteak and let me tell you, yyyuuuuummmmmmm!
I also went to the US mint and I got to see how they make the money! The extra parts are called webbing, when they punch out the blanks. Once they have the blanks, they punch the prints – well, first they have to heat up the metal, then they print them. I learned that they first had to have an artist design them, then a computer carves the picture out, then they put it into a machine that printed the things onto the blanks. Once it was printed you had to go and check if they’re good!
Sacajawea was on one of the coins. I learned that she helped Lewis and Clark travel from the east coast all the way to Oregon. I’m kinda surprised since she did it when she was six months into pregnancy – which means that three months later she had a baby and she still helped them. She’s a really good example to us and I wish I was like her – she’s really nice she helped others even if they don’t ask for it since she knows that helping others is the right thing to do.
Oh, and there’s 1 million rules in the big city (mama’s gonna make 5 million the next city – New York!!) It’s really hard to follow all of them, and I got really really frustrated. Kids, let me tell you, I know we have to listen, listen, listen, but here are the things I learned are the big about the big city:
*stick with your parents
*don’t cross the street when the light is red
*don’t go anywhere where your parents can’t see you
*don’t go into elevator without your parents
*don’t going into buildings without your parents
….don’t don’t don’t don’t!
Seems like everything the cities is just a lot of don’ts!
Oh, and don’t talk to strangers, even when they talk to you – and a lot of them are asking for money and you don’t know if they are good or bad! We don’t know how to tell if they are good and they might be bad, then you could get really badly hurt. I learned that there’s a lot of people here who were actually really nice but some of them are not.
Still, I had fun.
I am really excited since tomorrow we’re leaving to the train station in the morning to go to New York!! If you want to know anything about anything about the New York, ask me!
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