Hey so the last post I made was one that I did late at night, I literally threw in all the photos I took without a second thought. Now that I'm more awake, I'll write a little more about our amazing trip.
Monday, July 31
The first thing my mom and I did once we arrived at DC was go to the National Air and Space Museum. It was so fascinating, I loved seeing the old technology and admiring how far we've gone. Although it makes me a little sad because there's not as big of an emphasis on space travel anymore. After the 70's, people just decided "oh well, there's nothing else to see out there so we're not going to send people into space anymore". You can't just give up like that yo! Oh well.
I hardly ever take pictures of myself, so these pictures are courtesy of my mom.
After that, we went to the International Spy Museum. It was so fun! Maybe if I was a little younger, I'd appreciate it more (throwback to my spy/secret agent phase haha)
That evening, we were supposed to go to this "piano bar", but GUESS WHAT THEY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A PIANO. IT WAS KARAOKE. I'M GOING TO GIVE EM A BAD REVIEW just kidding, I'm not that mean. I did like the food though, they had a good carnitas sandwich and their nachos were good!
Tuesday, August 1
Tuesday was our art day! We went to the sculpture garden and the National Gallery of Art. It was really hot outside, but I was refreshed and inspired afterwards.
Later that day, we went to the amazing Kennedy Center to watch The King and I.
Wednesday, August 2
This was our American day, never have I felt so American. We went on a bus tour to the different landmarks of DC, including the White House, the Capitol building, the Lincoln memorial, and the WWII memorial.
It was awfully hot, but I think what made the experience much more enjoyable is the fact that our tour guide was friendly and witty, and the things she told us were told in a fun way.
That evening, we went to a blues club and I got to experience live blues music for the firs time. I don't listen to blues that much, but after hearing it live, I like it!
Thursday, August 3
We went to the National Archives, and I was able to see with my own eyes the original documents that shaped our nation! The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights... I was shocked to see how faded they were; apparently, light can damage them. But I was also shocked at how they were still able to preserve these 200-year-old documents.
Seeing these documents reminded me of something I was told a long time ago. Public schools have stopped teaching cursive. That's a problem. Why? Because these documents- the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights- were all written in cursive. Our non-cursive generation won't be able to read these documents. I know they've been typed up in digital formats and textbooks and all that, but still, not being able to read the originals may be a huge problem. The fact that these documents have suffered from light damage only makes this worse.
The other thing we did was go to the old post office (now the Trump hotel) and ride the elevator to the top to get an incredible view of DC. I loved seeing how Washington DC is filled with amazing architecture- from the classic intricate buildings to the minimalistic, modern cubes and boxes... Seriously, how did architecture get down to that level? These days, people must be really fond of geometry.
Washington DC is bursting with history, science, art, and architecture. It was definitely a worthwhile trip :D