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Library Matters is a podcast of Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) in Montgomery County, MD. Each episode we explore the world of books, libraries, technology, and learning. Library Matters is hosted by Julie Dina, Outreach Associate, Lauren Martino, Children's Librarian at our Silver Spring branch, and David Payne, Branch Manager of our Davis branch and Acting Branch Manager of our Potomac branch.  

Jun 20, 2018

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Lauren Martino:  Welcome to Library Matters, I am Lauren Martino and I am here with my co-host David Payne.

David Payne:  Hello.

Lauren Martino:  And today we have a special episode on travel.  I am here today with Assistant Director for Facilities and ADA Rita Gale.

Rita Gale:  Hello.

Lauren Martino:  And director of marketing for Visit Montgomery Cory Van Horn.

Cory Van Horn:  Hi there, thank you for having me.

Lauren:  So Rita is an avid traveler and has been to many places particularly national parks and soon she will be retiring and have lots and lots of time for new adventures.  And Cory Van Horn is an authority on travel and particularly in our area and knows a lot about the tourism spots in Montgomery County that you really should know about, is that about accurate?

Cory:  That’s pretty accurate, it is a choose your own adventure experience here at Montgomery County.

Lauren:  Alright.  So Rita, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and some of your traveling adventures?

Rita:  Sure, I am a resident obviously of Maryland, Montgomery County, I live in Rockville.  And I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  I got interested in actually traveling specifically to the national parks because I went to on a cruise to Alaska and visited Denali National Park which is one of the largest national parks in the country and that got me hooked on traveling in national parks.  So I have visited many of the national parks.  I will be taking a trip in September to the Utah parks which means that I will be visiting Bryce which is my favorite park in all the world.  The Zion which I have only spent a day in and then Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef and will end in Monument Valley where we will see the Mittens and if we are there at the right time, we might see one reflected on the other.

David:  Is that an organized tour or do you go individually and roam around?

Rita:  No I go with my sister, she and I travel together and usually I plan the trips and we drive.  So we don’t generally take tours.

Lauren:  Is planning trips generally easier or harder than what you do from day to day, it sounds like you probably have a lot of skills that would transfer?

Rita:  Well I would say that that is very true.  Yes, actually planning is for me when I was working and am working, it is actually the hardest part is finding the time to do it, but I really enjoy planning and we obviously have great resources which we will be talking about shortly.  And obviously the website, the national parks, service, etc., they are just great tools to use to actually plan trips to particularly national parks.

Lauren:  What is it about National Parks that attracts you?

Rita:  Well for me because I work long hours; going to a national park is partly just the serenity of being out in nature.  And one of the great things for me for a national park, I don’t know that this is true for everybody is that once you go into a national park your cell phone doesn’t work, so literally you are sort of out there by yourself, you don’t hear what’s happening in the news, so literally you are disconnected and it is just great because nobody is walking around with their cell phones looking at things they are actually looking at nature, so.

Lauren:  That’s amazing I didn’t know.

Rita:  I find that very relaxing and I love seeing the variety of scenery that this country has in terms of the different kinds of national parks as well.  So it’s a great experience to have with somebody else.  I think it is great to travel with somebody when you are traveling to the national parks as well.

David:  So it’s almost like a natural digital detox.

Rita:  Yes, you are correct yes.

Lauren:  Have you been to them all yet or are you trying to see them all?

Rita:  No and there are more than gosh a 100 national parks.  And I know that there are many people who actually make that their lives work to actually visit them all, I am just trying to get around to enough of them while I am still able to be mobile and everything to enjoy them.  So I have visited mostly national parks on the west coast.

David:  Well Cory from national parks to Visit Montgomery, you are making history today as our very first non-MCPL guest.

Cory:  Wow, I feel so honored.

David:  Representing Visit Montgomery, so tell us a bit about Visit Montgomery certainly the website is very well designed and informative.  Do you have a tourism office, how are you set up, how do you work and basically what is --?

Cory:  What is Visit Montgomery?  Visit Montgomery is the official tourism office, tourism, it’ in the industry it’s known as a Destination Marketing Organization.  So we are a non profit organization that our primary goal and mission is to bring visitors to Montgomery County and to celebrate all the amazing attractions and happenings that are going on around Montgomery County.  We do have a tourism office we are actually co-sharing office suite with Economic Development and also Worksource Montgomery.  So it is a lot of fun to have three different organizations, we all have some missions and our passion for Montgomery County, but have different you know audience per se.  And it is just a lot of fun you know to kind of be creative with all them.

Lauren:  So Cory there is a lot of small business owners in this area who kind of thrive off of individual restaurants and things, what would you be able to say to anybody with a business that would be of interest to tourists, some resources you have to promote what they do?

Cory:  So small businesses have various opportunities, they can buy into a partnership program with us.  And essentially what it does is it provides them with marketing expertise and promotional opportunities, networking events throughout the year.  Hotels buy into the program as well because they want to connect with various groups and marketing efforts and it is a way to get listed in our website, be promoted through our social media channels and things like that.  We find that particularly with small businesses, smaller attractions, restaurants of those types, they really find value in what we offer because not only are we providing support and services to a unique set of audience members, visitors, people who are not residents per se, but also because they have small to no marketing teams themselves and so they kind of view us as an extension of their marketing efforts.

David:  So Rita as you head west to celebrate your retirement are there any particular resources that you are using to plan to journey and in addition to print travel guides are there any library resources that you might recommend for travel planning?

Rita:  Well one of the things that I do for the national parks is I always visit the national park site.  We also have travel guides in our collection and I usually check to see if the national park that I am interested has Informers guide, a Fodor’s guide, we also have Moon Handbooks as one of our guides or Lonely Planet.  And there are standards for all of the national parks that I will look at for example Fodor’s is the complete guide to the national park of the west and there is also the geographic guide to national parks which has information about all of the parks in it.

In terms of electronics in addition to the website we have obviously electronic sources available through the Gale Virtual Reference Library.  I found one this weekend when I was looking, when I was preparing for this that’s called DK Eyewitness Guides and Rough Guides which actually has information about various places to travel.  And there are also e-Magazine is available on travel through RBdigital including Conde Nast Traveller, Lonely Planet Travel, and National Geographic Traveler; so we have tons of resources on travel.

David:  There you have it, so lots of good resources on travel with MCPL.

Lauren:  Do you have a favorite go to, for planning?

Rita:  Well because we have a variety of different kinds of travel guides, I would probably mostly use the website, the national park website, but I do try to find at least one travel guide that focuses on a specific national park and Fodors, Informers, and Moon tend to do that more than the others.  So I wouldn’t say I have one specific one because not all of those resources do all of the national parks.

Lauren:  Okay.

David:  And a sort of follow-up question for actually, possibly for you both, there are so many different publishers of travel guides and they all have their own style, what are the elements that would make up a perfect travel guide for you both?

Rita:  Well for me usually I am going to a location that I haven’t been to before, so for me a travel guide that is all inclusive, that talks about okay what is the nearest airport that I fly into to get there, you know how do you get to the park, so is there rail travel or is it car travel.  And then in national park what are the things to be seen there, is there lodging, some of the national parks have lodging within the park, some of them don’t.  And quite a few the Frommers, Fodors do that do, but some of the guides that are out there are more about the experience of being in the park that they are about individuals who have been to a park and who talk about their experience.  And I like to do that myself to actually have the experience so I am more about literally okay give me the facts so that I can plan the trip.

Lauren:  You don’t want Bill Bryson’s take on it, before you go.

Cory:  Which is interesting because I actually take an opposite stance on that where I look towards for planning and logistics more of the digital resources, because things change so quickly you know by the time a book gets printed, a restaurant could close or an attraction could be opened and things like that.  I really look towards memoir as a way of being inspired by a location and it helps in terms of kind of seeing through their eyes and then being inspired to have similar, if not new experiences myself.

David:  Great, thank you.

Lauren:  So Cory I don’t know if there are a lot of memoirs about places in Montgomery County, but what are some of the most popular destinations right here that you would like to highlight?

Cory:  In terms of attractions here at Montgomery County there are so many, I have mentioned this earlier in chatting that we really are a truly a choose your own adventure experience where you can have an downtown urban experience and then have a completely different up county, very country experience within 10 minutes, it’s really amazing.  Our biggest attraction that locals don’t fully you know, know I think, but then also they know about it, but they don’t know is we have 93,000 acre Ag reserve.  And not many people in the country can say that that we have that kind of resource and reserve.  So people can go and go to Butler’s Orchard and pick your own fruits and they have various festivals throughout the year or go to Rocklands Farm and enjoy a wonderful glass of wine in the country or Waredaca and have a beautiful experience on a horse farm and drink some beer you know freshly brewed beer which is awesome, but then go down to Bethesda or the new Pike & Rose and have a very downtown urban experience all within the same day, so it’s amazing.

And then also it’s a very historic area our proximity to DC there is a lot of history involved with that.  The C&O Canal, the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center which is currently under renovation right now, the center itself isn’t, but the canal is.  And so I actually visited recently and it was all tore up, so we will have to revisit that one when it is finished, but I am sure it is going to be amazing.  And then interesting enough in terms of the canal, you can actually stay, I don’t know if you know this you can actually stay in a lockhouse which is really cool.  So there are several lockhouses I believe, there is eight or nine along the canal that are renovated within the period when the lockhouse was built, so to speak.  So some of them are fairly primitive where there isn’t running water so some of them there are running water in facilities.  And so it’s just a great way to experience history in a different way.

Lauren:  Do they still have those boats that are like drawn by the donkeys?

Cory:  They do actually and the main one here in the county is actually at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, they are not running it this year because of the refurbishment of the canal, but it is a very popular experience.  I spoke with a park ranger and they said that last year we had more visitors for the canal than the Grand Canyon, so it’s super popular.

David:  So Cory, this is a two part question from your marketing work, what are the trends that you are seeing in terms of travel, holidaying, leisure time and so on that help direct your marketing efforts.  And secondly, can you give us a brief snap shot of the visitors that come to Montgomery County whether they come from what sort of profile would you give to them?

Cory:  Absolutely, I have worked in travel marketing my whole career and the first thing that you do is you want to look at what the destination offers.  And in this particular case again our proximity to DC and the fact that we have a Metro system that runs right through the county and connects you right into DC that’s a big factor and people are choosing Montgomery County to come visit, but what we are finding is that people tend to plan a trip to Washington DC, look around, they are a little nervous about the high energy that DC has, the big city experience so to speak.

Lauren:  That’s one way of putting it.

David:  Absolutely.

Cory:  And they are looking for a place that’s comfortable.  And all the research that we do in terms of understanding our visitors that’s what they look for is, they look for a comfortable experience.  So we find that visitors come here, they feel comfortable, you know they see the value and what Montgomery County offers and then they do the day trips into DC, they do all the fun stuffs and then once the Smithsonian close at 5 or 5:30, they come back here and have a good time, so it’s great.

In terms of trends, it’s culinary experiences anything where an experience relates to the localness of the community, food is the ultimate local experience, because it ties to memory you know it’s very relatable, it’s almost the universal language if you will.  And that’s the beauty of Montgomery County is we are so diverse, we have over 1000 different restaurants and it is a great way to get that experience along the way.  Weekend getaways is very popular, particularly people who are located within a three to four hour driving radius of Montgomery County so that takes you as far out as Pittsburgh up to New York City down to Richmond and then there is the direct flights from the three major airports we are perfectly positioned between PWI, Dallas and Reagan and those direct flights are coming out from Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, so it is a great easy weekend getaway experience.

David:  Great, thank you.

Lauren:  Rita do you look for these foods, for these memory when you are out, choosing your destination or is there something else that allows you to choose one national park over another, one destination over another?

Rita:  Well I will say that in terms of food in the national parks, it is a little limited, because usually the national parks have a lodge and it has a restaurant in it.  So I will say that Bryce which we are going to visit in September is one of the lodge there and the restaurant that they have there had some of the best food that I ever ate in a national park.

Lauren:  Where is Bryce?

Rita:  So Bryce is probably about 3 hours from Las Vegas in Utah.  And it’s a park that you go down into that has what they call hoodoos which are spires made out of red sandstones so they are spectacular in the sunlight.  And obviously it is a walking park or hiking park, but some of the parks are more either looking up in the case of Bryce you are looking down.  But in terms of other food experiences because I do the national parks mostly, I have to say I don’t remember too much about other food experiences with them so.

David:  That might say a lot.

Lauren:  But is there is a reason you would choose one park over another or what do you look for when you are choosing a destination?

Rita:  Well because I am primarily, I have to say that most of my vacations have been to the national parks, because I really love the concept of the national parks and I have already talked about you know the solitude, the fact that you can enjoy nature that you can actually have an experience, you can enjoy with somebody else.  In terms of the national parks, we have gone mostly to the ones on the West Coast because of the scenery, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore we have been to.  And so I don’t necessarily have a specific criteria for the national parks other than I am usually looking for, I happen to like mountain, valleys, wild flowers, that sort of thing, so nothing against the everglades, but that is not a park that I actually decided to go to, but I have been to certainly to Charleston and Fort Sumter, so for me it’s just the variation also that the national parks bring.  So I will probably see many of them, but not necessarily all of them.

Lauren:  Cory you also specialize in culinary tourism, is that correct?

Cory:  It’s true, believe it or not I actually have a master’s degree in that yeah, so for me eating is a research.

Lauren:  Is that really a fun degree to get?

Cory:  It was absolutely, most of my friends are in software or in accounting and we are all getting our graduate degrees kind of around the same time and you know I just remember having conversations with them about, “Oh I have to do all these projects and you know what project are you doing?” I am like, “Well I have to eat at four different barbeque restaurants and write a paper on it,” it was a lot of fun so.  My master’s degree is from Chatham University based in Pittsburgh and its part of their Falk School of Sustainability.  And so it is a Masters in Food Studies and my research focus was culinary Tourism and Sustainable Community Development is what I focused on.  So I actually have the credentials to eat.  A big part of that was tourism development really looking and understanding what a community has to offer and developed either tours around it or various tourist attractions, so it was a lot of fun along the way.

Lauren:  And what, do you have any special culinary experiences in Montgomery County you would like to share or think our audience should know about?

Cory:  Well I think the brewery and winery scene here is really starting to flourish and it’s a very unique way to experience, it’s more than just you know drinking a beer, it’s the whole experience like Waredaca Brewing Company being on a horse farm and gathering together.  And what is really interesting to me is, it is not just for adults like these are family type areas where you can bring your kids and you can have a picnic and just have a good time and just hang out.  Those are very memorable, my favorite restaurant so far is I am fan of you know after work having a beverage and having appetizers, so I tend to go like Clyde’s at Tower Oaks Lodge.

Lauren:  I love Clyde’s.

Cory:  Yeah it’s a lot of fun.  I have a regular go to server that I always happen to sit in their section, I don’t know if his real name is Phil, but I call him Phil, so it’s a lot of fun.

Lauren:  Shout out to Phil.

Cory:  Philip you are going to make my martinis, oh it’s a lot of fun.  And all the various festivals that happen in downtown Silver Spring, the various food festivals, the Taste of Wheaton is a great memorable experience, so it is a lot of fun.

Lauren:  And now a brief message about MCPL services and resources.

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Lauren:  And now back to our program.

David:  So Rita back to MCPL, can you tell us about some of the resources MCPL has for the traveler who might want to learn a language?

Rita:  Certainly, so I am going to tell you what I know from our website and what I have learned having worked here.  So we have books in nine world languages that include Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsi, Amharic, Russian, French and Bengali.  We have three online resources Mango Languages, Muzzy Online and Rosetta Stone.  And we have Conversation Clubs that we offer in a variety of different libraries in English, French, and Spanish and we have language learning videos from annenbergfoundationlearner.org.  So those are our resources that the library system offers.

Lauren:  So you mentioned some of the food festivals around in the area, do you have any other events that take place in Montgomery County that you really feel everyone should know about?

Cory:  So in terms of events, both residents and visitors actually end going to our website, visitmontgomery.com, it’s the events pages are by far our most popular pages on our website.  So it has really become one of our top resources for those types of events.  Some of the popular events that are going one throughout the county, throughout the summer, there is a farm tour and harvest sale that happens throughout the county.

Lauren:  Farm tour; what does that entail? What do you get on a farm tour?

Cory:  So it is a self-guided tour where there are various farms that participate throughout the Ag reserve and you can actually go to our website and check it out.  We have a blog post about it where you can visit various farms and you know learn about the tour, you know learn about the farm itself and purchase our products and all that fun stuff, but really the ultimate goal is to learn a little bit more about the Ag reserve and what the offerings are there.  As I mentioned, the Taste of Wheaton is another event that is happening in July and also in June the Tiger Woods Foundation is having the Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament here at the end of June.  So that is actually a very popular event that is happening here in the county, it is a great opportunity for people that like golf.  I am not a golfer myself, but I would certainly have a blast, just hanging out and watching other people golf.

Lauren:  Can you explain to us a little bit, you have mentioned this Ag reserve a few times, I am not quite sure what an Ag reserve is, can you tell us a little more about that?

Cory:  Absolutely, people, you can actually visit the Office of Agriculture their website, they do a great description and explanation of what the Ag reserve is.  Essentially what it’s, is 93,000 acres that’s reserved solely for agricultural use.  So there are parameters around the reserve that limit the amount of development that occurs, one parameter is that you can only have one house or structure per 25 acres.  And so the whole goal of it was that back in the day development was happening so quickly that we were very concerned about having all of our land used up for development.  And so the county decided to reserve pretty much most of up county for agricultural use, so that way we still have that open space.

Lauren:  So that’s why we still have all that farm land there, that makes a lot of sense.  So this is a question for both of you, do you have any more favorite vacation destinations, you haven’t already planned Rita, because I know you have got a lot planned, that are still on your Bucket List that you are dying to experience?

Cory:  I am actually, I am an avid traveler, I mean I feel that I am the type of person that basically turns my passion for food and travel into a job and so that’s actually been a lot of fun.  So I spent a lot of time in the country exploring, I haven’t been to as many national parks as I want to so I am actually going to visit those resources that you just recommended.  So I actually am kind of putting my focus more towards the international ground in terms of visiting.  So I have been to Africa and explored Africa, but I want to check out South America, Brazil, I want to go to Iceland, Ireland, those are the places that I want to visit, right now they are top of my list.  And at some point I will probably end up visiting Australia, but that is a long haul, that’s quite the commitment.

Lauren:  Yes.

Cory:  But on a local level I recently moved to Montgomery County, so I moved from Pittsburgh to Montgomery County back in September.  And so it’s actually been fun to visit the county as a tourist, even though I market it, it has been fun.

Lauren:  Do you have any staycation ideas besides the ones you have mentioned for those of us who aren’t going anywhere?

Cory:  So if you consider yourself a shopaholic you can spend the day up in Clarksburg Premium Outlets.

Lauren:  Rita is not in.

Cory:  Oh Clarksburg Premium Outlets.

David:  Yes yes.

Lauren:  I am thinking, I keep driving past it, but I never actually stopped, it’s always where we go like on the way to Sugarloaf or whatever it is out there.

David:  You can’t miss it.

Cory:  Yeah you can’t miss it.  I am a fan of bike riding so riding along the Capital Crescent Trail is actually a lot of fun and it’s just believe it or not I know this is probably going to surprise you, but I actually enjoy riding the Metro.

Lauren:  I do too.

Cory:  And you can actually do a pretty cool staycation just by riding the Metro and that’s what is so interesting and even here where we are located, you know where we recording this in Rockville, there is a Metro station just a 10 minute walk away, you can hop down and just randomly get off at a stop and --.

David:  And it is a great way of seeing the very diverse parts of the area I am thinking.

Cory:  Absolutely it really is.  And then I also love hoping on the Metro and going in to DC for the day it’s a lot of fun and then I come back out here.

Lauren:  We visited when I was five and the Metro was like the standout part of the trip besides the heat and the fact that we didn’t get to see the White House, the train was definitely what sticks with me from when I was five.

Cory:  Yeah.

Lauren:  How about you Rita is there any place that’s not a national park that you were dying to go to?

Rita:  Well I have had the good fortune to go to Hawaii and I would like to go back again.  We went to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park at that point and of course that is currently closed and Kīlauea is erupting, so we will have to wait to go back for that to settle.  I have never done a Fall Color Tour and I have always wanted to do that, I haven’t been able to figure out exactly how to time it so that you are actually seeing the colors.  And years and years ago I went to Disney World and I would like to go back I mean --.

Lauren:  Disney World.

Rita:  I am just, I guess a kid at heart so, but Epcot Center that kind of peace of Disney World.  One thing that I do want to mention in terms of travel when you mentioned the Metro, I think that one of the things that people here forget in terms of staycations is that the museums down in Washington DC are all free and when you go anyplace else in the country, usually if you go to a museum you have to pay to go to it.  And I think that is one of the important things to remember about this area that you actually can stay in this area and you can do it fairly inexpensively because most of the museums around here don’t charge large amounts of money to get into them.

Lauren:  Not even the zoo charges, that just -- my mind.

Rita:  Yes, yes.

David:  And even actually a lot of the museum in Montgomery County they are either free or very, very low cost.  You know the only one that I am really familiar with the charges is the National Capital Trolley Museum and it’s what like $4 or something --, and it’s a cute museum.

Lauren:  Well worth your $4.

David:  It’s well worth your time.

Cory:  It has some great value there.

Lauren:  Okay so Rita as you head off into the sunset into the great west and national parks, what are you going to miss most about working at MCPL?

Rita:  Well I would say there are several things that I have loved working with a variety of people that I have had a chance to work with in terms of our staff and the branches, our managers.  I have had the good fortune to have done many different things in my life here in Montgomery County to have a wide variety of experiences.  I would say that the last 10 years working facilities has been my greatest joy, I have really loved doing the work for on our full scale renovations which were Gaithersburg and Olney, on the new construction that we did was Silver Spring and now with Wheaton.  And you know my personal passion it is the Refresh Projects that we have introduced where we have actually been able to refurbish, refresh branches much faster than had we put them into the normal renovation cycles.  So that has given me an opportunity to not only learn about design and construction, but you know to do the fun things like picking out carpet colors and paint colors.  And you know the satisfaction of also delivering buildings to the community where the community really appreciates our facilities.  Montgomery County has got individuals of our communities really loves libraries and our refresh projects were meant to be six month closers and even for six months our customers are really, from the day we close to the day we open, they are wanting to know when are we going to open again.  And I think that is terrific and we certainly appreciate it a lot and it has been a great joy to work with the community that loves libraries that much.

Lauren:  So Rita you have been involved in a lot of refreshes, a lot of new libraries, is there something you want to tell Cory about something you have done that makes Montgomery Library a destination that he should be telling his customers about?

Rita:  Well I would say that our libraries are destinations simply because each one of them is very individualistic and very different.  Probably one of my favorite renovation facilities is the Olney Library which really calls to people from the road.  When we built that facility the community said that nobody could find that library because it was set back from the road.  And so when we did that renovation the architect actually pulled that building to the road.  And so it has a glass front.  So the question was okay what is going to activate that, what’s going to make people see that building and I said, “Put the children’s room there because there is always something happening in the children’s room” and I can say that about most of our libraries, you know I have often thought that we should have a standard design for our facilities just like grocery stores do, but that has never happened with any of our buildings each of them are individualistic and in that respect they are unique experiences.  And you have a variety of resources that you can see and we have branches that have painting displays, you know other kinds of displays.  So there is a great variety of things that you can see in any of our facilities.

Cory:  Well it is actually true, I couldn’t agree more in terms of libraries.  I mean when I travel 9 times out of 10 I end up going to even just a bookstore, right, just to check it out.  And I feel libraries are so much more than just the book right, it’s a community space, it’s a third place, if you will where you have a chance.  Especially people travelers who are looking for a local experience or they want to meet with the locals, the place to be is in the library you really get to experience what a local life is like.

David:  So we usually close each episode by asking our guests to tell us about a book they are currently reading, perhaps something other than the travel guide, so I will start with you Rita.

Rita:  Well as I have said I am retiring so I can’t read because literally I don’t have the time, but what I will tell you is I have a couple of books that I am anxious to read, one is Madeleine L'Engle' Wrinkle in Time because of the movie that just has come out which is a fabulous movie and as a result of that I want to go back to actually re-read that book, which I read when I was in high school.  So I want to see whether or not it is still resonates with me.  I just saw Camelot at the Shakespeare Theatre over the weekend and so T.H. White’s Once and Future King is a huge book, but I thought and I think I would like to go back and read that as well.  And then years ago I saw Wicked at the National Theatre and Gregory Maguire has a series of books on that theme and so that’s one of the other ones that I want to read.

Lauren:  Happy reading Rita, you have earned it.

David:  How about you Cory?

Cory:  For me my go to a book as I said before I tend to lean on the memoir particular food memoir is Blood Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton, it is by far my favorite go to book, she is such a beautiful writer based in New York.  And so that right now actually what I am reading is David Sedaris’s new book Calypso, it is really good, a little different than what he has written in the past, but that’s the top of my list.  And believe it or not you will actually probably see me more in the periodical section than you would in the book section actually.  I read a lot of magazines, Afar Magazine is high on my list, I read Bethesda Magazine actually quite a bit, because it’s a great way to just know what is happening in the area.  You know the Condé Nast Traveller all those type, you know Saveur, got to get my recipes.  So that’s probably where you will see me the most.

David:  Well Rita and Cory thank you very much for sharing your travel interest with us, it has been great having you.  And we have certainly learnt a lot today and wish you happy travels.

Rita:  Thank you very much.

Cory:  Thank you so much.

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