Capitol, Air and Space and Ethiopian

Trip Start Jun 20, 2009
Trip End Aug 03, 2009

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Not really three things you'd associate with each other. But these were three activities I partook in Washington DC today, The Capitol Museum, Air and Space Museum and Ethiopian food for dinner.

Our tour of the Capitol was at 8.50am, quite early but all other times were booked out. There is lots of security here as you can imagine, more so than any other building. There were several tours going on at the same time and going through the same areas so it was fairly crowded. The Senate and House of Representatives were in session so that made it even more crowded. After the tour we saw both in session, but there were only about 10 people in each room and they were discussing nothing particularly interesting. All in all the Austin Capitol was bigger and more interesting to see so I was a little disappointed in the national Capitol.  (pictures in last blog)

On the way to the next sight we saw a huge amount of protestors on the lawn in front of the Capitol. Turns out they were protesting human rights abuses of the Falun Gong in China. Basically they want the US to take a stand. It seems to be a fairly passive religion like Buddhism and the treatment of Chinese followers, despite my dislike of religion, has been disgrace. As most would know Religion is banned in China as well as groups of people congregating together. These human rights abuses must stop.

Next up we went to the Air and Space Museum, which has been talked up by pretty much everyone I have heard from that have been there. Once again disappointing. Some informative and educational displays, but in comparison to the Houston Space Centre it was average. Most of the displays were small replicas and at Houston there was full size replicas as well as the real things. It also lacked any interactive components and was fairly repetitive. Obviously being interested in Science I found it ok, but to people who don’t normally like that kind of thing they would find it extremely boring.

That night we decided to walk around and find somewhere for dinner. Washington has a large Ethiopian population and as such there are a few restaurants with Ethiopian food. Before we went inside we wondered whether 'dust’ is actually an edible food and were interested to find out. Unfortunately we had to settle with what they considered Ethiopian food which was beef and veggies on a plate of spongy flat bread. It was a little spicy, but reasonably tasty.  A good experience altogether.

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