A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting into the Reading Rooms at the Library of Congress

The guides at the Library of Congress don’t advertise this but it’s quite easy to get access to the cool books and walk around (quietly!) in the main reading room.

Step 1: Be really into books.

Step 2: Fill out this pre-registration form. You can fill this out up to 2 weeks before you go. If you’re already in the Library of Congress don’t worry, you can fill this form out when you get your library card.

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A walking tour of the smaller museums in DC

When I was a kid, we went on multiple field trips to learn about our nation’s capital. We visited the Capitol, the Smithsonian, the White House, and all of the presidential memorials. I remember being so tired out at the end of the day, I immediately plopped into bed. On this trip, I was determined to wander around some smaller places and try to find some quiet amidst the National Mall madness.

First Stop: Library of Congress I love libraries so this was a must-see for me. The Great Hall in the Jefferson Building has beautiful and intricate carvings. Note that the silver metal in the Hall is actually aluminum since aluminum was more precious than gold when it was built. If you stay tuned for a later post, I’ll teach you how to get into the various reading rooms…

The entrance of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building

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How much can I eat in 24 hrs? DC edition

I was only in DC for 1 day but I managed to eat some really good food while I was there. Here’s an account of all the food I could get my hands on in 24 hours.

Lomo Saltado at China Chilcano: I love Chifa (Peruvian-Chinese-Japanese) cuisine so I knew I had to stop by this new Jose Andres restaurant. My favorite Chifa dish by far is Lomo Saltado, which is steak in a soy sauce-based sauce served over vegetables and French fries. The China Chilcano version comes with matchstick potatoes and adds a nice crunch. I would definitely recommend coming here if you’ve never had Chifa food. They also have a sweet lunch deal for $20, which includes an appetizer, an entree (everyone around me was getting the aeropuerto rice-fried noodle-vegetable hodgepodge), and dessert.

Lomo Saltado at China Chilcano

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