November 11th
2008
written by Alonna

After my SWE Conference in Baltimore, I took a train to Washington DC.  I’ve never been there before and since I was so close (a 40-min train ride), I decided to squeeze it in.  I stayed over night Saturday and then got up really early on Sunday to see the sights.  My flight left at 5:30pm so I didn’t have much time.

Early Morning in DC US Capitol

I was out on the “mall” by 8am, and it was a beautiful day!  There was hardly anyone out yet, only a few other tourists and joggers.  You can see this in some of my earlier photos – later in the day it became much more crowded.  I walked all around the mall from one end to the other – it’s a lot further than it looks!

The museums opened at 10am and by that time I needed a break from the walking anyway.  I visited the Air & Space Museum first.  It’s huge and there’s a lot of really cool things to see – a lunar module, hubble telescope, Wright Brother’s airplane, Amelia Earhart’s airplane, etc.  I could have spent a lot more time there, but I went through fairly quickly (~1 hour) so I could see more.  Next I went to the Natural History Museum (by the way, the American History Museum was closed for renovation).  This museum was very cool too, and again I could have spent a lot more time there.  Next time I guess!  By then I had a little over an hour before heading back for my flight, so I decided to visit the Holocaust Museum.  Wow.  I thought I already knew a lot about the Holocaust, but nothing prepares you for this.  I don’t really think I can describe it, you would just have to go yourself.  And you definitely should – it’s a must see.  Unfortunately it left me leaving DC feeling kind of depressed…

Anyway, it was really fun to spend a day in DC.  I kind of like traveling by myself, it makes me feel independent.  But, I think it would have been even nicer to have someone with me – to comment and discuss things with, and especially so they could take photos of me!

2 Comments

  1. Mom Albertus
    11/12/2008

    Once again great pictures! I’m amazed at how huge the Washington Monument is when you are up close to it. Also the trees still have their leaves – some of them are even still green, but mostly they are very pretty colors!! Did you start that book? I haven’t got around to reading it myself ~ so don’t fill guilty if you haven’t.

  2. 11/12/2008

    Yeah, I thought the trees were really pretty. It would be really cool to be there in the spring when the Cherry Blossoms bloom. About the book (Was God on Vacation) – I read it almost the entire flight home! It’s a really interesting (scary/sad/awful) story about the Nazi concentration camps… I’m sure I will finish reading it soon. I’ll bring it back on Thanksgiving and you can give it another try!