Thursday, January 22, 2009

Justin's First Post

The weekend before last we decided to go to the city. "The City" of course is Washington D.C. We went to the Museum of American History. I think this is my favorite thing about living here. We have a relatively suburban existence in Northern Virginia but when ever we want we can hop on a train and a half hour later we are in the most powerful city on Earth. After we left the museum we were both starving. Rachel is eating for two and well, I'm always hungry. So we set out north from the Mall in search of some food. We came to Pennsylvania Avenue and crossed the street. In the process of looking both ways I saw what you see above. By my reckoning that's about a mile away. I was taken aback. I stopped Rachel in the middle of the intersection and pulled out our trusty camera. There was a pedestrian island in the middle of the most powerful street in the most powerful city on Earth. I imagine the people in the cars going past us were rolling their eyes and muttering "tourists" under their breath.

I decided to post this as a blog because I kept seeing this shot straight down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Inauguration coverage. Man, I've been there. I kept thinking to myself. I can go there tomorrow. It's really hard for us being a thousand miles from our families. I won't say this makes it worth it and I won't speak for Rachel but I will say this helps me. It mitigates things. This place is huge and loud and hectic and scary and expensive and distant. But that view makes me love it here.


cheryl said...

It is pretty awesome. we live in the greatest country on earth! And what a great experience to live in our nations capital.

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