Washington DC - Day Four
Trip Start Oct 29, 2010
4Trip End Nov 02, 2010
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I knew that what I was about to see behind those walls would resonate with me for years to come. It was an emotional experience. Even though there are pictures, videos, first-hand accounts, etc, etc, about what happened during that time, it's still hard to wrap your brain around it. As I walked through the exhibits, I felt anger. I felt frustration. I felt extreme sorrow. I had moments where I felt so incredibly disappointed in the human race. It's not easy to describe, but I think it's worth everyone's time to experience it for themselves. There's a quote in the Museum that grabbed ahold of my heart:
"First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me."
- Pastor Martin Niemoller
Good Stuff Eatery. There wasn't anything spectacular about the burger I got, but my Cookies and Cream shake was delicious (thanks to Sarah for suggesting it!). From there, our next stop was the National Air and Space Museum. This was Meezy's choice, so I let him set the pace and decide which exhibits to check out. Tracking the history of air and space travel from its earliest beginnings to now is a mind-blowing journey. I'm pretty amazed at the bravery the pioneers must have had to get us to where we are today.
Human Rights Campaign store near Dupont Circle. I shop online with this organization, but I thought it would be neat to visit their storefront, since the one in DC is the closest one to me! Meezy and I picked up a few more items and then set out for our long trek back to the hotel! All in all, I think we walked about 6 miles this day. This wouldn't seem so bad, except we had done the same the three previous days! It was quite an exhausting trip, but worth every minute. I'm so glad we were able to mark our nation's capital off our list of places to visit.