AP Trip to Washington DC - My Family Travels

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March 29, 2010, two different AP classes get loaded on to two huge Greyhound buses. It is 7:30 p.

March 29, 2010, two different AP classes get loaded on to two huge Greyhound buses. It is 7:30 p.m. and most of the students are wearing their pajamas, which surprisingly had a rich variety of color. As the teachers are explaining where to put the luggage, everyone is hugging and kissing their parents goodbye. The girls had their pillows at hand, while the guys got there sunglasses and last few necessities. As soon as the bus driver told everyone to start loading, the pushing began. The impatient boys and the excited girls grabbed their seats, started their music, waved their last goodbyes through the window, and finally left for Washington D.C.

Everyone tried to get comfortable for the long night ahead and the adventurous morning awaiting us. Even though it was hard to find a comfortable position in the seat we were sitting in, we managed to make it through the night and watch as we drove into the early morning light. We had traveled about 13 hours straight before we stopped for our morning breakfast. After everyone had what they wanted it was time to get back on the buses.

            As we went off again, the bus was quite louder than before. Gossip was heard throughout the bus and you could hear giggles every now and then. We drove over a bridge that seemed a thousand miles long with big wide safety bumps on it. When I looked down all I saw was gleaming water, and houses that carried all the way down the side of the water. It was never ending. As we got off the bridge, the bus driver announced that we were now entering Washington D.C. We drove a little bit longer and we came up to The Hampton Inn where we were staying. The hotel was big and it looked to be over 10 stories high. Everyone looked up with amazement. After unloading the luggage, we finally met our tour guide, Barbra.

            We went everywhere: the Capitol, the WWII Memorial, the White House, the Smithsonian, various museums, the National Mall, and most important to me was the Lincoln Memorial. It meant so much to me to be able to see the Lincoln Memorial. Abraham Lincoln was my favorite president and getting to see the memorial that had been dedicated to the 16th president. I learned that not only did Lincoln guide the US through the Civil War, but he connected with the people and tried to understand them. Every time I turned around I saw some massive statue or building. So many tourists were crowded around everything. I had never seen so many trees, buildings, statues, land marks, and people all at the same time. The sun happened to shine on everything and everyone. There was a certain glow about Washington D.C. that I knew I would never see in Cordele, GA.

            Even though the various bus rides did not work out for me, getting to see our nation’s historic sites made it all worthwhile. I learned the various transformations in building all of the historic sites, such as the Vietnam Wall. Did you know that the color of the wall was picked by Maya Lin? Most people hated the idea of the Wall having the color of black. When the sun starts to go down be sure to stand by the wall, because in the reflection of the wall, you will see the Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial, and part of the WWII Memorial. I loved hearing about the secrets and the reasons behind each and every site in Washington D.C.

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