Spring Break 2015

For spring break 2015, I chose to visit Washington, D.C., the heart and the capital of the United States of America.

The day we flew from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport to Washington was the day our ISU basketball team was up against Kansas for the Big 12 Men’s Championship.  My friends and I were all dressed in ISU sweatshirts to show our support, we actually met tons of Cyclone fans at the airport while we were waiting for our flight and watching the game. It was so nerve wracking as we were down 17 points in the beginning. I still remember how everyone was screaming and cheering when the Cyclones managed to put together one of their trademark comebacks and win our second consecutive tournament championship!

It was a chilly night when we reached the breathtaking city of Washington, D.C. The Capitol was so bright and beautiful from the view up in the air. It dazzled like a million diamonds being scattered all across the city. Washington, D.C. is a different side of America that I got to see. With hundreds of skyscrapers dazzling like jewels in the night sky, Washington, D.C. is indeed a metropolis bustling with life.

The first attraction we visited in Washington, D.C. was the National Mall. The 555-foot marble obelisk towers over Washington, D.C. The National Mall was built to honor George Washington while symbolizing the democratic values America holds on to. From a distance (steps of the Lincoln Memorial), you can see there is a smiley face on one side of the Washington Monument if you look closely

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Next, we visited the Lincoln Memorial at the National Mall as well. The Lincoln Memorial is a national monument built to honor Abraham Lincoln, former President of the United States, for his sacrifice and efforts in achieving racial equality. The interior of the building was built in the form of a “Greek” temple with the magnificent President Lincoln statue covered in a snow white hue. There were so many people from all across the world visiting the majestic memorial that day.

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One of my favorite parts of Washington, D.C. is the museums. The admission ticket for most of the museums and Smithsonian Zoo are free. Thus, Washington, D.C. is a wonderful place to be at if you are interested in museums. Out of the countless museums that I have been to in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is my favorite. I learned so much regarding the United States space exploration program especially the Apollo Space Missions. We even got to see numerous replicas of rockets, planes, and the interior of a space shuttle. One of the most interesting exhibitions in the museum was the one showing the living quarters of the astronauts and the exhibition on how they managed to spend their day-to-day life in space. Honestly, it makes me admire and appreciate the dedication astronauts put in in the name of space exploration.

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Besides that, one of my favorite things we did in Washington, D.C. was join the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Almost everyone is dressed up for this day and there is an annual parade. There is a sea of green everywhere you go during the day. Even the White House joined the celebration with a green fountain that day.

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I definitely had a wonderful vacation in Washington, D.C. The food was awesome and the people were extremely nice, but despite all that I actually missed Ames, as it is still my home sweet home.

Ashley is an International Student Ambassador.

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