Reviews of Storks

Verita and I went to watch Storks last night. Though the visual effects are not as good as Zootopia, it was a movie full of laugh and happiness. The story begins with the a stork who called Junior who is the best deliverer in a deliver company and always aims to be the next boss….


[Itinerary] The Amish Villiage and Trains

Liang, Ran, Verita and I went to the Amish Village of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania during August 8 and August 9. We had great fun there. Here is a video tour of the Amish Villiage: It takes roughly 2 hours to get the Amish Village from DC. We took the farm-house and village tour ($9.25). A friendly local…


[Iternery] Fallingwater

Verita and I went to Fallingwater during the first weekends of July. For new tourists, pay attention to the following notice on the website: Guided house and specialty tours are offered daily, except on Wednesdays. Reservations are essential in order to guarantee a tour. Fallingwater is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  Tour…


[Itinerary] United States Naval Academy

United States Naval Academy 游记 & 攻略 Author: Ruofei Verita and I visited the United States Naval Academy (USNA) during this weekends. The GPS address is 121 Blake Rd, Annapolis, MD 21402 For non-US citizens, please make sure that you has brought your passports and driver license with you before departure. There is security and ID check at the entrance….


GVIL Clean Up

Unlike Dr. Froehlich, who always proposes to clean up the lab first, Dr. Varshney does not push students to clean up the lab… So I clean up the lab by myself when I’m free. The best part of GVIL is that every graduate student is double paid.    


[Itinerary] Maryland Science Center

Maryland Science Center 游记 & 攻略 Today we went to Maryland Science Center (MSC). It’s only about 35 minutes away from UMD. We suggest you directly setup the GPS to the Arrow Parking Garage. 11 E Lee St Baltimore, MD 21202 You should press the button and get the ticket at the garage entrance, when…


[Itinerary] Harpers Ferry + Hershey’s Chocolate World

Harpers Ferry + Hershey’s Chocolate World 游记 & 攻略 适逢Memorial Day三天小长假,遂与Verita驱车前往Harpers Ferry,开始了一次说走就走的短途旅行。 第一站之所以选择哈普斯渡口(Harpers Ferry),距离College Park仅一个半小时车程,首先把GPS地址定位在: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 其位于西维吉尼亚州(West Virginia)最东缘,被仙纳度河(Shenandoah River)与波多马克河(Potomac River)相夹,与马里兰州(Maryland)及维吉尼亚州(Virginia)相邻,也是仙纳度山谷(Shenandoah Valley)的最北端,与西维吉尼亚州游记上集相同的是山陵,河川,及桥梁多。非常适合 Hiking & Rafting 但不适合Biking,能够Bike的Trail只有一个,而且要扛着自行车上桥,过于纠结,不过路上还是碰到了不少骑自行车的朋友。 首先,我们交了$10公园停车费,坐Shuttle前往Happer’s Ferry的小镇。下车后随人流直奔Potomac River边上,哈普斯渡口的火车山洞及步桥(Footbridge)。步桥南侧是几个废弃的桥墩,火车山洞仍然有火车行驶。   小镇中,我们逛了圣彼得罗马天主教堂(St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church)。这个教堂始建于1833年,是哈普斯渡口的著名地标,也是哈普斯渡口在南北战争炮火下唯一幸存的教堂。该教堂原采用拟哥特式建筑风格(Pseudo-Gothic style),1896年被翻修成当时流行的新哥特式建筑风格(Neo-Gothic style),目前每周日上午仍有弥撒(Mass)活动。教堂正殿十分庄严,入内需要脱帽,可拍照,可用闪光灯。 注意事项 由高速公路开车往哈普斯渡口,速限由65英哩一下降到45英哩,要注意。 到了游客中心的收费口(每车$10美元,2013)后,可以继续开车至下城(Lower Town)火车站的停车场(停车位有限),或是在游客中心旁搭乘免费巴士到下城。 马里兰高地的健行步道全程没有厕所。 Foot Bridge需要dismount bicycle 晚上我们途经Harrisburg小镇,吃了顿美味的Grill: MoMo’s BBQ & Grill 物美价廉…


[Itinerary] Florida Winter Trip

Florida Winter Trip Zheng, Xue, Verita and I drove to Florida during the Christmas holiday in my lovely car “Dabai”. The driving takes about 6~9 hours per day for departure from DC and arriving at DC. Not too bad. Date: 2014.12.20 – 2014.12.30 (9 nights, 10 days) Estimated Miles: 865 miles*2 (Orlando) + 234 miles*2…


[Itinerary] Luray Cavern & Shenandoah National Park

Luray Cavern 四人行 游记 & 攻略 This might not be very helpful as an itinerary, however, I provided some good Chinese references for you if you have accidentally visited here 🙂 August 2 Saturday Summary Shangfu and I, together with Yi and Verita visited the Luray Cavern and Garden Maze on August 2, 2014. 101 Cave Hill…


美国F1个人签证攻略—2013.5.21(上海交大版)

上午小路考跪了,发签证攻略攒人品。 5.24补充签证状态查询主页。 零、地铁线路 东川路5号线到莘庄、(换乘1分钟跑过去)、1号线到常熟路、(换乘1分半跑过去)、7号线到静安寺、(换乘1分半跑过去)、2号线到南京西路。 南京西路1号口出,向左直行300米左右(2个Blocks),见“梅隆镇广场”。 右拐,走200米左右,右手边就能见到地面上排队领取“入馆证”的群众了。 从寝室出发共计1小时40分钟,(因人民广场人太多,特此绕过了人民广场) 一、必带文件 护照,I-20,Sevis Fee缴费收据,面签确认单,DS-160确认页。 二、辅助文件—被check时候需要的 在读证明,成绩单,个人简历,Study Plan、导师主页、导师简历等。(如果自费:附带资产证明,父母工资证明) 三、面签流程 1、先去江宁路66号存包,就在附近,手机等电子产品都要存。把所有证件拿出随身带。 2、去地面领取“入馆证”的群众中,找自己预约时间所属的队伍,领取入馆证。 3、轮到自己时,拿出DS0160和面签确认单,给工作人员确认,工作人员会给你入馆证。 4、“梅隆镇广场”坐电梯去8楼,交入馆证,护照上贴条形码。 5、扫描条形码,脱鞋脱皮带安检,工作人员会足够凶悍到让你明白他们的指示… 6、安检后,F1签证学生要提交的文件是:护照、I-20、Sevis Fee缴费证明、DS-160确认单 7、按十指指纹:2-5号窗口都可以按指纹,不要傻乎乎按照使馆人员说的窗口,随便找一个,扫描DS-160条形码即可按指纹。 8、面签排队,等在窗口前的时候能听到vo和上个人的对话。 我被分配到9号窗口,前面是一个浙大生物小硕,似乎是专业过于敏感,他和vo聊了好久…… 他交了study plan、简历、导师简历,还有publication、获奖证书什么的,被check 2-4 weeks。 me: good afternoon, sir! (递必带文件,打开辅助文件准备递交) vo: hello, what’s your major?(噼里啪啦敲键盘中) me: computer science vo: what’s your current degree?(噼里啪啦敲键盘中) me: undergraduate (似乎应该是bachelor…) I am going to graduate before…