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Published: July 14th 2011
Planned on getting up relatively early today... woke up at 7:30am, rolled over, opened my eyes and it was 10:50am. Sigh.
I walked down to the Metro again. So hot. Not nearly as humid as yesterday, but still quite steamy. I brought my umbrella in case it rained... boy, was I glad.
First things, first. I headed down to the Crime and Punishment Museum! Very cool. This one you actually had to pay for, but it was well worth the $18. I spent almost 3hrs there, and could've spent longer had I done the simulators and such.
The museum takes you through the history of crime and punishment, starting in medieval times, pirates, etc. all the way to modern day criminals. Some of it's gruesome (medieval section and the death row part), but it was all fascinating to read... although you can't help but wonder how people could ever do some of the things they did.
The "Wild West" and American Gangster sections were great too. A lot of the criminals are almost mythical and/or legendary... so it was neat to actually read up about them. Same could be said about the serial killer section that had
America's Most Wanted studio
Where they shoot the actual show
plaques detailing the crimes, the criminal behind them, and the outcome (ie. were they sentenced, killed, suicide etc).
In the serial killer section I couldn't help but think about Criminal Minds the entire time haha. I have an unhealthy obsession with that show.
There was a CSI section where you would watch a video and "help solve the case" kind of idea which was a neat feature. And at the end of the museum you get to visit where they film America's Most Wanted. Tres cool.
When I got back to the front door, I realized it was pouring rain. Like... more than it poured rain when I was in Lithuania. Absolute downpour.
While everyone else stayed inside, I practically made a break for outside - pouring rain can only mean one thing, it won't be 100000 degrees anymore. *DANCE*
I happily walked all the way to the White House, while skipping over puddles, watching people in suits and business attire run for cover, and listening to claps of thunder. Absolutely perfect.
I walked along the back of the White House. And by walked along, I mean from a fair distance. The
roads are all closed to car traffic (security everywherrrrrre), but pedestrians are still allowed. While there, I watched the cutest squirrel eat a piece of bread... he was absolutely sopping wet. So cute.
I was then absolutely brilliant and walked all the way down the front garden area of the White House without thinking to walk along the building and get a picture of the front of the White House.
I only realized when I was at the bottom of the garden. My feet were dying, so I decided against trekking back that way, and continued on my way.
I was back along the National Mall, took a few more pics of the Washington Monument, and then continued to the WW2 and Korean Memorials. Both are quite impressive, especially the WW2 one.
The Reflecting Pool was.... non-existent? I guess they're doing construction on it or something. The pool was covered in dirt, weeds and construction equipment. No water. No pool. Hm.
Ended the day with the Lincoln Memorial, which is also an impressive visit. Impressive due to its beautiful simplicity =)
I then trekked uphill to the metro (sidenote: the metro, despite
it's vast coverage, is useless for half of the National Mall haha). station, Foggy Bottom. Awesome name.
Tomorrow I'm going to the zoo I think. Another Washington freebie =)
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