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... be doing some sightseeing. The weather is great--not too hot, not too humid. Mt. Vernon, George Washington's plantation home has been mentioned as a possible trip. Mark may make a trip to the Manassas/Bull Run Civil War Battle Field, with or without the others.
The car will need a new windshield and a tune up.
So....here I am in DC. A STORY IN USA TODAY ADDRESSED A LEARNING ISSUE IN CHINA. THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR STUDENTS LOSING KNOWLEDGE AND RECOLLECTION OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE WRITTEN LANGUAGE. Students are using their iPhones etc. which uses "pinyin" for input and not the specific characters. They have a game show on television which is ...
... Nope. They go to the effort of blocking them with barricades etc so that you can't even get close enough to see them. Park rangers were issued with instructions to make life as difficult as possible for tourists still trying to enjoy their holidays. So our 3 day itinerary, jam-packed with visits to the Smithsonian, the Lincoln and Martin Luther King memorials, and cool museums (like the spy museum), was thrown out of the window pretty swiftly. The 4 days we had ...
... the Old City of Jerusalem; the Dome of the Rock in the near distance;
the modern city a bit farther off.
An Israeli tour guide begins to explain the importance of this spot to
the Jewish people. “King David,” he might say, “walked here.” He will
explain where Jews could go, and where they could not, before 1967, and
what the city’s unification meant for Jews the world over.
And then he will ...
... like. It's difficult to translate the names of the 15 concentration and death camps carved into the walls into the names of 6 million people, and the thing that stuck in my head all the rest of that day was a single tile from the Wall of Remembrance: "Why did they kill the children?" I've not written this last section as a travel blog but a way of trying to avoid thinking of the things I saw as impressive monuments and statistics, lest we forget the people.