Spent an August week in DC. The hot and humid weather was brutal, but boy do I feel quite patriotic.
The first thing I noticed in the city - the Evacuation Route signage (little blue sign) all along Pennsylvania Avenue. This immediately put things in perspective about where I was, especially with this administration. Damn.
The first museum to hit was the National Archives
to find the original Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, Constitution (above you can see "We the People..."), Bill of Rights (freedom of speech...), Emanciption Proclamation that abolished slavery, and the document that gave women the right to vote. Being the product of immigrant parents, if suffices me to say that we are absolutely so privileged here.
My side project was to check out weaving books at the Library of Congress
. Got my own library card, found the books I wanted from the online card catalog, submitted the catalog numbers using these sort of old school carbon tickets, got some lunch, and came back 45 minutes later to pick up my books. The Library of Congress is not a lending library so you could only go through your books at a desk in a reading room. I sat at desk #682. I checked out about 13 books that I looked at over the course of two afternoons. The myth is that they have every book ever published, but this is not true.
Super refreshing gin and cucumber cocktail at Vegetate
in the Adams Morgan area.
Foods that Meso American Indians ate - hominy, rice, and grilled corn with cojita cheese at the Mitsitam Cafe
in the National Museum of the American Indian
. They also had bison and wild salmon grilled over a fire the way the indians used to do it.
Subway Tunnel/Bomb Shelter deep under the city.
My nephew with Eva from the Wall E movie
. He was so happy he happened to be pointing at the plant inside Eva :)
As close as we were going to get to the White House
. Kids around me kept asking if Obama
was in there. I had read in the paper that morning that he was visiting Yellowstone. It was still a rock start moment for all of us standing there.
Standing at the Lincoln Memorial looking at the Washington Monument
... realizing that this is where Martin Luther King did his I Have a Dream
speech. Pretty cool. I caught the monument glowing from the sun for a brief moment.
One of the seating areas in the Donovan House
lobby. It's a floral pattern cut from wood adheared on glass to make it appear as if it is floating. I love hotel lobbies.
Sunset on the Potomac River that connects Virginia, Maryland, and DC.