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It was the coldest week I have ever experienced. The ninth and eighth grade classes from my small Christian school had to opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. for a week.

Being from Florida, I did not know what to expect when it came to the weather or the historical feeling of the D.C. area. I remember waking up at two o’clock in the morning so that our group could be at the airport by 4:00 a.m.

When we finally landed in D.C. there was not a gloomy face to be seen. Sure we were exhausted, but we were in our nation’s capital! With the help of fundraisers we were able to hire a tour bus and guide to take us throughout the D.C. area. We even went up to George Washington’s house in Mt. Vernon.

I’ll never forget all the neat places we went during that week. Some of the sites we were able to see are the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War Two Memorial, and a lot of different museums. The museum that had the biggest impact on me was the Holocaust museum.

Everyone should go to that exhibit because then they would have a greater appreciation for what our troops did during the war in trying to help these poor people — I have never felt so sad in my life.

Another highlight of the trip was one night it snowed enough for us to have a snowball fight! (This was a big deal for a lot of us because most have never seen snow let alone have a snowball fight.) I remember throwing those snowballs and sliding down that hill like it was yesterday. Never before in my life had I experienced such closeness between thirty or so people.

The whole trip was amazing. Standing in Ford Theatre and looking up at where President Lincoln was shot was so mesmerizing. I felt as though I was standing there, watching it happen.

That is how I felt walking through all of Washington, D.C. There is so much history in that city it is unbelievable! How someone can walk down the streets in D.C. and not have care in the world as to what might have happened there is beyond me.

This trip was by far the best I have ever been on (and I have been on a lot!). Everyone should go to Washington, D.C. and see all the magnificent sites our capital has to offer.

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