To be young again
Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
34Trip End May 05, 2011
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Here I met Quentin, a Frenchman who was taking a much needed break from his facebook dating project. Turns out we both had to look forward to a long trip and he too was ejected from his last hostel due to bookings. We were not inclined to visit similar attractions so as he headed for Arlington Cemetery I made for the Air and Space Museum.
This was an even more childish Musuem than the last, but doubtless the children would have found the exhibits fun and somewhat educational aided by the immaculately presented displays and dioramas. Of course, the Dinosaurs and Hope Diamond were the most popular but after jostling families for the last 6 hours I was spent. Secretly I cursed the fortunes of the children, they who had the priveledge to access these treasures and information so freely, yet some suffered the misinformation of their parents. At least there was an exhibit on evolution to quell any myths.
Lincoln is the star of the mall. He looks toward the monument and imposes his view on his subjects at the Capitol. The most vibrant and popular, it was covered with pedestrians, bicycles and even a band on this day.
FDR is Lincoln's antithesis. Rather than a formal stage the Wartime President resides (with his wife) among peaceful collections of stone, fountains and the river. A walk through is punctuated by the Man's reflections on life and leadership, and in the fading light of dusk it is quite poetic.
Jefferson is the shy brother to Lincoln. Little fanfare surrounds the third President despite his position facing the White House and his ultimate contribution to America - The Declaration.
So after this bike ride and now out of mental, physical and electrical power (my camera capitulated too) I came home. This day has left me in something of a delirium - wondered at the marvels of these glorious institutions and yet bewildered that despite these, Americans are often critcised of blind ignorance. How is this possible?