Departing Union Station Indianapolis on Day 0
Things like this are why I took the train - Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia
Rapids in West Virginia
Arriving at Union Station - Washington, DC on Day 0. The rain is a sign of things to come...
My bunk at the hostel
The United States Capitol at the start of Day 1
Pizza Cutter/BBQ Brush thing in the National Sculpture Garden
Beautiful sculpture in the Hirshborne Sculpture Gallery. During this trip I was really struck by how amazing art galleries can be. Viewing art is all about pacing, and in this regard it is best a solitary event.
Augustine Rodin - The Burghers -- The amount of detail put into each character is amazing.
Next was the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum! I've always wanted to go and it totally lived up to my expectations! This picture has at least 6 decommisioned ICBMs
The Viking Lander on Mars (well, really it's in the Smithsonian...)
“That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”
The Spirit of St. Louis
A Predator drone - this thing is impossible to get a good picture of, which is kind of the point :s
The Washington Monument became a beacon for atmospheric observations... rather foreboding here.
The Library of Congress Jefferson Building!
“Ignorance is the curse of god; knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”
Library of Congress Reading Room -- I didn't actually get to go in, which was disappointing, but the exhibits were surprisingly awesome. They had one on the development of the Declaration of Indpendence and the Constitution, complete with original drafts and supplemental documents. There was also a replica of Thomas Jefferson's library and a tribute to the cartoonist Herb Block (Herblock!)
The United States Capitol, from the SE. I didn't manage to make it inside, but there's always next time!
Quite a few family ties to USAID...
The Washington Monument from inside the World War II Memorial - this begins day 2
The War's End: “Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won. The skies no longer rain death - the seas bear only commerce - men everywhere walk upright in the sunlight. The entire world is quietly at peace.” - General Douglas MacArthur
World War II Memorial
United States Holocaust Museum -- “You are my witnesses” - Isaiah 43:10
“Think about what you saw” -- I was hesitant to go to the Holocaust Memorial Museum for somewhat obvious reasons (namely, the holocaust was a terrible event and is absolutely a downer), but it was absolutely worth the experience. When you enter the main exhibit you are crammed into an Industrial-era metal elevator and given a passport telling the story of a Holocaust victim. The exhibits were fantastically done, very informative and the entire point was to never let something so tragic happen again. There were some experiences within those walls that are just unspeakable. One room was just a 20x20 room filled with 2 feet of shoes on all sides... The thing that got me most was at the very end. They had a wall of drawings from the children in the camps. One drawing was very simple: it contained a vase of flowers in the foreground and far, far in the background was a girl in the striped garb sitting in her bunk, emptiness and distance between the two. Even now it's hard to think of th
After the museum I wandered to the Potomac to think for a while...
Day 2 was also marked by the discovery of the Metro!
These houses behind the Library of Congress were super cool
Day 3 - notice how gray it still is? Definitely an awesome trip none-the-less!
The Mall on Day 3 from inside the Natural History Smithsonian
The Hope Diamond
America ~5 million years ago
Cool quartz formation
Really awesome Mexican food for lunch - grilled shrimp, avocado, peppers and cucumbers. Om-nom-nom!
Jaimie! US Capitol! Woo! Day 3
Next up was the Newseum. This was the only non-free museum I went too, and it was totally worth it. This is the largest section of the Berlin Wall outside of Europe!
Support structure from the World Trade Center
They had a really cool exhibit with the history of Internet, TV and Radio, told from a broadcasting point of view
This map shows the relative freedom of the press across the world - there is still work to be done in the march of freedom...
“Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.” - Abraham Lincoln
National Gallery of Art - this was surprisingly awesome.
Washington, Washington - 6' 10“ weighed a fucking ton.
A Nereid - attributed to Guiseppe Mazzuoli
Magni - The Reading Girl - This is now one of my favorite sculptures
On the night of Day 3, I went to Adams-Morgan and went to this super-awesome coffee chop, Tryst, at the reccommendation of Levi. This place was pretty incredible. There were about 100 people there at 9pm on a Monday night, there was live jazz, and the place was very dimly lit. I need to find a place like this everywhere I go.
Day 4! SUNLIGHT! Looking down an Avenue towards the US Capitol
The White House
The National Mall, so pretty - no color changes here!
In the shadow of Vietnam...
Monument to the Vietnam Soldiers
The Lincoln Memorial
Looking across the Potomac
Down the Mall. The reflecting pool was starting to fill on this day
From the other side of the Potomac
I accidentally stumbled upon the Pentagon during my walk
The Jefferson Memorial
Really cool looking synagogue. Actually, I think this may be the first synagogue I've seen in person.
NPR National Public Radio
Union Station - Washington, DC
The train to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the flight back to IND