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... about communication!
That day we went shopping, then back to her house, and see, I had my own bedroom!
Isabel was born in Colombia (like Cecilia my friend in New York!) and came to the USA when she was 18. To study and find a job. She became a coast guard so that she could work and live on Governor's island, New Yotk. (When taking the ferry to Staten Island we passed Governor's island). Now she retired and works as a contractor ...
... Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the Mall's first memorial to an African-American. It's very impressive and pleasantly set among the famous cherry blossom trees of the Tidal Basin.
A friend recommended the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. The 7-acre park has four granite open-air rooms, one for each of Roosevelt's terms. Of course, one of my favorite statues is President Roosevelt with his dog Fala. ...
... but we were hungry and eager to keep moving so headed north. Walking past a very impressive building I was surprised to see it was the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Lame. Until we got closer and saw a large picture of a bank note out front. Oh they are responsible for printing the paper currency for the Federal Reserve. Can print a few extra to build a cool building, fair enough.
Reaching the East side of the National Mall we saw the Washington Monument up close. ...
... got to the airport though we were told that we were too late to check our bags so we took them as carry on. We heard that our plane was loading and still had to have ourselves scanned. But checking ourselves entailed almost stripping and having a pat down and I had my usual drug check - Murphy's law when running late. All ended up OK - we made the flight and the attendant at the plane door checked our 2 bags for us anyway. After landing ...
... into the Museum of Space and flight and, wow, I was in space nerd heaven. The exhibits for the most part were the real item, encased in Perspex, like, the actual Apollo 11 command module, a Mercury Capsule, A Gemini capsule. Suspended from the roof were all sorts of famous aircraft including the Bell X-1, "Glamorous Glennis", which was the plane Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in. We wandered around heaps of exhibits, which also included the original Wright Brothers flyer. ...