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Washington D.C. in Photos

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

~Pericles

 

Washington D.C. is a remarkable city full of history, culture, and amazing architecture. It had been years since I had visited the District, so when I made it back, I wanted to take it all in and capture it all.

Except, that’s impossible. D.C. is such a history- and monument-filled city, that it is impossible to get through it all in a weekend. But despite that, here is a photo essay of a few iconic images that I was able to capture. I’ll try to show and not tell.

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No Pics Allowed: Inside the West Wing of the White House

We were waiting to hear for months. Months, on pins and needles. And then, about a week before we were scheduled to descend on the nation’s capital, we got word that we caught a break.

We scored a coveted VIP tour of the West Wing of the White House.

Yep, the West Wing. Not the East Wing that is more widely frequented containing the President’s living quarters. The West Wing; the workplace. Like the show.

And…It. Was. Awesome.

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Because of Them, I Am

“None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody—a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns—bent down and helped us pick up our boots.” 

~Thurgood Marshall

 

Perfectly said, Justice Marshall.

Many of you know that I am an attorney. I went through the fiery sands of the LSAT, law school (for which I will be paying off student loans for a couple more decades), and the ultimate test that is the Bar exam (two of them actually). And some of you may know that I am also a classically trained journalist.

But what many may not know is that my second undergraduate Bachelor’s degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies. So when I finally made it back to D.C., after about a decade, there were some things I needed to do. Some sites to see.

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Washington, D.C.: A Marvelously Historical Adventure

*From our teen correspondent, Brooke, in our monthly series, Teen Travel Chat.

I had never thought of Washington D.C. as a fun place to spend a vacation during the cold winter months, mostly because it is not tropical and there are no palm trees that await you once you arrive. To me, a vacation is somewhere warm…with pools, beaches, and palm trees. However, traveling to D.C. gave me a whole new appreciation for all of the nation’s rich history that the city shares with its visitors.

I traveled to D.C. with my classmates during the eighth grade. We took our trip during the brutal, winter months that leave D.C. covered in snow and ice. I personally recommend traveling to D.C. in the warmer months so you do not have to deal with the harsh, cold weather like I did (unless you’re up for that and that’s your thing, and if so, I have major respect for you). Despite the cold temperatures, Washington, D.C. was a really fun and enlightening experience. I got to travel on my own for the first time without my parents, and I also learned an incredible amount of information while being there.

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