Books that inspired me during the trip: 3. This is a children’s book written in Dutch. It is about Maria Siylla Merian, an amazing woman naturalist and artist whom I’ve been obsessed with and inspired by for some time. I took a few semesters of German just so I could do more research into her life. I may someday write a book about her. If you’ve never heard of Maria Sibylla Merian, please google her to learn about her life and work.