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Visiting the United States' Capitol

Updated on January 23, 2018
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Alex has taught at two public schools, been accepted into two honorary societies, and traveled the Americas and Europe.

Me at the Lincoln Memorial in Washinton, D.C., United States

It was back in the year 2016. I was a student at Harford Community College, working full-time, and dating the most attractive Thia woman who I have ever met. Perhaps you know the type - not too thin and not too wide, cute smile, rounded toes, shorter than myself... Anyway, she wanted to visit the United States' capital whilst she was still in this part of the country. Her and her brother's favorite film is "Night at the Museum" with Ben Stiller. She had originally planned alternatively to pay for public transport if I made myself unavailable to her aid. I had not been to my country's capital for a very long time. Thus, a road trip was decided!

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One of the first architectural marvels we were introduced to was the Washington Monument. This is not to be confused with Baltimore's Washington Monument (which is also a giant stony pillar). There enters the mind some recognition of the capability of the human being's endeavors when standing beside the majestic obelisk. It was around this time that I recognized my camera had run out of battery. This previous revelation should shed light on the absence of my own photographs in this article.

Washington Monument of Washington, D.C., USA

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Me and my girlfriend at the time walked near enough to notice the United States Capitol building. I had made special note to the fact that some upper parts of the structure appeared to be experiencing fixings. I pointed this out to my beautiful Thai love who took a photograph upon my request.

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The Lincoln Memorial and its surrounding attractions gave me memories that shall hopefully persist forever. The statue of President Abraham Lincoln is, of course one may have guessed, very brilliant. However, the statue is not the only thing which is towering over those who enter the memorial. The entirety of this area is an item worthy of lasting meditations. The structure was built with great imagination and marvelous craftsmanship.

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We gave some of our time to playfully bask in the joys and the marvels of the World War II Memorial. There are some fantastic water displays, helping to honor those who died in the noble services of our great country. Personally, I have been in love with water fountains since I was a very young boy. My companion took phottographs whilst I took memories.

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Perhaps one of our more moving adventures that day (for myself at the very least) was our travels to within the National Gallery of Art. The art building not only bears testimony to ancient Greek culture in and of its own design, but the Greek statues inside are inspiring to all of those whose hearts pump tears of blood for the past. Despite our being very sweaty and exhausted, we allotted a good quantity of time for this place. We were both enraptured by the paintings, statues, as well as the museum's architecture itself.

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Perhaps the grandest focus of our attentions during our day trip was the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. As with many of the attractions of Washington, D.C. - payments are merely an option. I do remember noticing missionaries of my own church walking around this location. The museum is ridiculously large. Everything about the Smithsonian exhibits are exceptional and wonderful. I took some time to consider the large Native American totem pole that is a piece of their massive collection.

I have reserved my plan to illuminate you unto those lesser side notes in the following sentences. Shortly after we arrived in the city-state, we visited a Dunkin' Donuts that had been honored with a quick stay by President Barack Hussein Obama II. A photograph of the former US president was hung proudly on one of the restaurant's walls. During our trip from Delaware to D.C., and then from D.C, to Maryland - the whole time, there was no air conditioning. I still suppose that this was due to a faulty engine thermostat. My girl at that time had brought food for us, so hunger was never a major issue of our travels. Parking in Washington, D.C. (although not easy) is far less frustrating then parking in Baltimore city, Maryland. One may take interest that there exists much free parking in the city-state. The parking may be temporal and not the easiest thing in the world to discover, but free parking in Baltimore city is nearly impossible. Paid parking in Baltimore is often hard to find. That isn't to disrespect Baltimore, as cities do not generally have many cheap options when desirous to implement more vehicle room. Regardless, D.C.'s parking choices are amazing for such a populated and crowded district.

That vacation day to Washington, D.C. may have been the most time I have ever shared within our nation's capitol. Such memories of beautiful women, incredible architecture, and wonderful art are worth making the efforts to synthesize. I plan to return. Returning is always my plan. Whether my ventures back be tomorrow, or in fifty years hence, I will look forward to the impact Washington, D.C. will openly give me upon my arrival once more.

© 2018 Alexander James Guckenberger

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    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      You're welcome! Have fun and relatively safe travels!!! ^_^

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 months ago

      I was in DC once but only saw the Capital as we drove by it. Thanks for all the details and suggestions on this great part of our country.

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      That's super awesome. Never stop traveling.

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      Holley Hyler 

      6 months ago

      Beautiful sharing and pictures. I lived close to D.C. for a few years and have fond memories of school field trips there. A funny anecdote from the school trip - I traveled with one friend in particular, and D.C. was the first place we'd been that had a Starbucks, so it was a huge deal for us, haha! This was way back in 2004, I believe.

      I wonder if Obama went to that Starbucks or if he was exclusively a DD guy.

      Great article!

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Than you. ^_^

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      Larry Rankin 

      6 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting read.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      7 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Please do visit. :)

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      Devika Primić 

      7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I've never been that far as yet. A must see and will do in future plans.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      7 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Yeah, she was one icing on the cake for that experience. ;) It's always nice to relive certain things with added perspective.

      Thanks for all the support Glenn; you're awesome. :)

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      Glenn Stok 

      7 months ago from Long Island, NY

      My first visit to Washington, D.C, was with my parents when I was just six years old, and I barely remember it. I’ve been back a couple of times as an adult and visited many of the sites you wrote about. Only this time I’ve had more memories with a better understanding of what I saw.

      I enjoyed how you described your experience, and how well your girlfriend took those pictures.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      That is super awesome. Sounds like you have a great family! I do love this country. ^_^

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How Wonderful -- I cannot even imagine a more magical place. My eldest daughter is one of those muckity mucks that form the swamp. She bought me a round way ticket and took me to the inner chambers. And I sat near weeping at the Lincoln and war memorials. I do not think I missed a Smithsonian, the National cathedral and just hanging out to gaze at the Washington phalanx.

      My country tis of thee. How great thou art.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Brother Eric, I fixed it! I can't believe I did that to the title. XD

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I agree. It's always nice to notice others' appreciation.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I think that you'd like it. :)

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I will edit! XD I was super tired after my long hike up some rocks and hills at a local park.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is kind of interesting but you pretty much lost me at CapiTAL. Washington DC is for sure my capitol.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      You description of the Museum of Natural History makes me want to visit it. Thanks for presenting of your visit with us.

      I now have lived in DC almost 9 years after at least five different visits, one lasting a year, yet I have only been around the museums because I dressed as seen in my photo until my nomad years ended in late 2012 after retiring from the 15 years of working between 1961 and 1976. Even living "half civilized and half ecological" I still dress that way unless entering a place requiring shirt and shoes - unconstitutional by natural law since covering reproductive organs is aboriginals' minimum.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Even if I had been there, it is always interesting to read others' views of the place and what they appreciate.

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