On Saturday Beli and I drove about two hours to Iowa city to met up with some friends and my sister and her kids. It had snowed the night before and I was a bit worried about the driving conditions but by the time I left the house (around 12) most of the snow had melted.
Photo from my previous trip to Iowa City in May 2010
So I learned something knew. Can you believe that I went to school in Iowa city (for 4 years) and I never knew that the city had such a huge important place in American literature? On November of 2008 UNESCO designated Iowa City as a City of Literature, making it a part of UNESCO Creative Cities Network. I knew they had the Iowa Writer's Workshop and of the endless authors that visited the campus. Can you believe they even hosted a writing program in Slovenia? Maybe they can head south to Croatia next time?I found this very interesting page if you are interested to learn more about why Iowa city is often referred to as the Athens of the Midwest.
After lunch it was too chilly to walk around the beautiful campus so we headed to the Coral Ridge mall to give Beli and my friend's kids a chance to stretch their legs at the indoor playground. Afterwards we walked across to the Barnes & Noble bookshop. I could spend hours there. Really. I could. I love books.
And we ended the day trip with a warm cup of hot chocolate. Beli chose a cream puff pastry to go along with her hot cocoa. We skipped the Children's Museum because it was already too late in the day,the kids were cranky and the adults were exhausted! So we will be returning to Iowa City some time soon!