Blogs from District of Columbia, United States, North America
Day 19: Washington DC Styles!Published: April 28th 2013North America » United States » District of Columbia » Washington D.C.
We had to get up early this morning as we were driving the Washington DC. We left about 7.30am and headed south-west, me in the front seat with directions playing navigator, Rach in the back nice and comfortable with an assortment of bedding for the long road trip. We hit morning peak hour traffic around Philidelphia and crawled through the outskirts of the city. Rach and Susan were amusing themselves creating business venture ideas for daily commuters, including a mobile gymnasium in the back of a semi, and making up ways to ensure the kids wouldn't hurt themselves while the truck was in motion. We had a lot of time to kill on the long journey and Susan filled us in on some American history. It was quite interesting to learn about the civil war between ... read more
Peak Bloom Date" Sakura in DCPublished: April 22nd 2013North America » United States » District of Columbia » Washington D.C.
Despite my many visits to Washington, DC, I have never been here during the prime viewing time for the cherry blossoms. So, I go into this trip with no expectations, and can only hope the cherry blossom spirits are on my side. Peak bloom is now April 6 to 8 (today!). But perhaps more importantly, Sakura Matsuri is the largest one day display of Japanese culture held in the United States. It is held in April, as the climax to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Japan-American Society of Washington was formed to promote friendship and understanding between Japan, and the greater D.C. area. The Society introduces all forms of of Japanese culture to Washington DC audiences. The Society runs the area's oldest and largest Japanese language school for adults. One of the Society's major tasks ... read more
This one's for you, Mr. Kuklok.Published: April 2nd 2013North America » United States » District of Columbia » Washington D.C.
Yesterday, we went to a place that I have wanted to go since probably 4th grade - Colonial Williamsburg! Though we were only there a short time, it was everything I hoped it would be, and I cannot wait to go back. Everything was authentic - from the clothes to the bell jar mini greenhouses to the piles of firewood sitting outside some of the houses. Horse-drawn carriages drove down the streets (the horse excrement disgusting my students), soldiers drilled by the Magazine, and authentic gingerbread was sold on the street. If someone would have offered me a costume, I would have joined in without a thought! From Colonial Williamsburg, we went on to Busch Gardens, about which the students were very excited. While they made them selves sick riding roller coasters, I ate some Irish ... read more
The Capitol in MonumentsPublished: March 28th 2013North America » United States » District of Columbia » Washington D.C.
Well, we didn't make it to Baltimore. There was a miscommunication with the bus company, so we will be going to Baltimore on Friday. Instead, we walked the National Mall. With a strong wind and sunshine, we trooped past the Washington Monument (being repaired) and all the way down to the Lincoln Memorial. After seeing it in so many movies, it was quite amazing to be standing there in person. And the small display - funded by students - was very interesting because it had many of his quotes, the tools used to sculpt the Lincoln statue and pictures and video of all the things that have happened on Lincoln's steps. My favorite part of the Lincoln Memorial was seeing where Martin Luther King stood to give his speech. It was very cool to look out ... read more
We Will Never ForgetPublished: March 27th 2013North America » United States » District of Columbia » Washington D.C.
During our morning at the Natural History Museum, the students had some time to explore on their own before we visited the Butterfly Pavilion. While they were off on their own, I went through the Written in Bone exhibit, which looked at the remains of early Jamestown settlers and the forensics behind determining age and cause of death. Then I headed down to the dinosaurs. The most interesting part was the Fossil Lab - you can watch archeologists working with actual dinosaur bones. It was amazing to see the technology they were using and watching how meticulous they need to be. Even though I haven't been "in" to dinosaurs since I was in about first grade, I was enthralled by their work and (if there had not been so many little kids trying to get close ... read more
Murphy's Law...and Then Some: Starting our trip to Washington D.C.Published: March 26th 2013North America » United States » District of Columbia » Washington D.C.
I knew that taking 14 middle school students from Venezuela to Washington, D.C. would be both a challenge and an adventure. And I knew that the most challenging part would probably be getting from Venezuela to D.C. - but I was hoping that it wouldn't be quiteso challenging. Murphy's Law states that "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong", and we certainly lived that out on our way from Anaco to D.C. It started with our flight out of Barcelona being delayed three hours. Annoying, but not too big of a deal as we were spending the night in the Caracas airport anyway (and to be honest, I expected a delay of some kind). Night in the airport = I try to sleep and the students try not to sleep, which gives you very tired ... read more
From Bethesda to GeorgetownPublished: January 28th 2013North America » United States » District of Columbia » Washington D.C.
Bethesda is a town in the north of Washington DC. It is the starting point of Rock Creek park, a large forest which goes all the way down to Washington DC, in an old neighborhood called Georgetown. There is a forest trail which goes through it and I decided to walk the 20 kilometer trail from Bethesda to Georgetown.... read more
Inauguration Week and first snowPublished: January 28th 2013North America » United States » District of Columbia » Washington D.C.
I was lucky to be in Washington for an important date. The presidential inauguration ceremony and the 30th anniverary of Martin Luther King's day. The city was hectic, they were people everywhere and the metros were completly cramped. for the 3 days preceding the ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, we decided to give it a shot and head for the mall to catch a bit of the speeches. It was complete failure as the entire downtown (something close to 18 square km) was closed by gates the army and the police, and they would not allow anyone in Downtown DC. if they were carrying a backpack, which was my case. It was still interesting to see all the crowds, the flags and the multitude of toys, mugs, t shirts, badges carrying Obama's face. At ... read more
On the road againPublished: January 19th 2013North America » United States » District of Columbia » Washington D.C.
So apparently I'm already bad at updating, haha. There's been a lot going on though so I haven't really taken the time to sit with the computer lately. Let's see where to start... A week ago was registration, which was good since I finally got my Student ID card and can now easily get my meals without having to fight with the cashier. It looks really fancy too :) After registration, I went to San Diego airport to fly out to Washington D.C. for the weekend. It was a night flight, which meant I got to first NYC in the early AM before taking the second flight to DC. The east coast was definitely colder than California, but it was really good to see my parents again! Washington was one big blur of walking, museums, more ... read more