As I step into the chilliness of March out of the comfort of my hotel, buildings of the most ornate architecture loom over me, all their well-encased treasures resting within their bellies, silently beckoning me to come in and view them in awe. I have four days to visit all I wish, spend all the time I can; museums, landmarks, festivals, and countless, breath-taking memorials….I take a deep breath, trying not to get too excited, and think to myself—“Yes, this is D.C. This is Our Capital.”
Words are few when it comes to describing what I saw during my visit at Washington, D.C. Art museums were packed full of the most magnificent creations ever beheld, along with the only Da Vinci painting in the western hemisphere of the planet. Memorials of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln filled me with wonderment and deep reverence for the Fathers of our United States. I viewed other grouped memorials paying homage to those who perished in the Second World War, the war in Vietnam and the Civil War. I even took the subway to pay my deep respects for the perished troops and veterans at the Arlington Cemetery (which is actually in Maryland). I even observed the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
It was spring in the year 2008, the chilly, drizzly afternoons that seemed dreary were not a spoil to my vacation, because it meant I could still view the blossoming of the cherry trees, which were numerous and beautiful to look at, especially around the area of the White House. It was also during the time of the Cherry Blossom Festival, which primarily celebrated the Japanese culture among other Asian cultures. It was all a very amazing sight to see, with the taiko drummers and the other attributes that defined the Asian culture.
It was a very fond, life-changing experience to behold the many views of the United States’ capitol. I learned many more things in one day than I could learn in one week’s worth of history class, and I highly advise anyone who wants to learn more about our country to go, because what you never knew about the United States may surprise you.
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