The Trip - My Family Travels

Quarter Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship
My trip to Washington D.C.

My trip to Washington D.C. was very tremendous. In fact, I would like to thank the “Close-Up Program for New Americans” for the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. and to attend the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United Sates. The Close-Up is a very interesting non-profit organization program that takes students to Washington DC to learn mostly about Government. Truly, I would like to share my three most memorable moments during the trip to D.C.; the Inauguration of President Obama, my visit to the White House, and the Library of Congress.

Most importantly, I attended the Inauguration of President Obama. I have never been to Washington D.C. before but, when I went a week earlier to the inauguration; people were crazy at the same time excited for Barack Obama, the new President of the U.S. Everywhere I went, I saw people wearing and selling Obama’s Shirts, pants, hats and other miscellaneous items. Even buildings, hotels, restaurants, and airports had some kind of Obama’s pictures. Meanwhile, people were ready to celebrate January 20th, 2009, the official date of the Inauguration. I remembered wake up at 2:00 O’clock in the morning to get ready for the inauguration. At 2:45 AM, I took the metro train from Marriot Hotel to the National Mall; from there, I walked to the National Park to attend the celebration. The temperature was below zero; very cold! People were extremely crowded, excited and screaming “Obama” loudly. I was happy to be there to represent my school and my community.

Equally important, I had a chance to visit the White House. For so many years, I have heard and seen the picture of the White House in books, internet, newspaper, magazines, and television but, I have never had the opportunity to personally visit and see it with my own eyes. Nevertheless, on January 22nd, 2009 I had the opportunity to do so. Just a visit to the White House, I felt like I was the President of the US. This date is an unforgettable day in my life. Additionally, I met Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House; John Boehner, House Republican Leader; and I met Mario Diaz Ballart, Congressman of Florida. Mr. Diaz and I discussed some important issues related to schools and Government. I was very happy to have a chance to talk to a Congressman.

Similarly, I had the opportunity to visit the Library of Congress. Based on what I learned, the Library of Congress was created in the 1800’s and reestablished in 1815 with a books donation from Thomas Jefferson. Also, the Library of Congress is the world‘s largest Library. When I went into there, I took my time to look at many important documents and old books written by Jefferson. I look up to the ceiling of the Library to admire the arts and pictures in the earliest time. I felt like I was living in the 18th century. There’s also a shopping place beside the Library where I brought two books; “Lewis and Clack expedition” and “Great Speech by African-Americans”. The shop and the Library were full mostly with teenagers; this is shown that teenagers are willing to study and learn history to gain more knowledge about the past.

To sum up, I would like to encourage you and your family to take a trip to Washington D.C. to discover more about DC and to have your own experience. When I came back from D.C., I become more involve in the U.S. Government system and I’m willing to become a leader in my community. I hope you’ll enjoy your trip.

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