The Washington Monument

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Washington Monument

The Washington Monument, pictured on a day when the National Mall was not overrun by the tea party movement like it was over the weekend.

People have been like, “why aren’t you blogging?”  The response to that is that I have been super busy and stressed.  Things are working out now, but I am going to have so much reading for grad school, so I probably won’t get to blog as much as I would like during semester…

I haven’t really done a lot of touristy stuff in DC yet, but I did walk down to the Washington Monument the other week.  It’s the world’s tallest obelisk and tallest stone structure.  It’s the tallest structure in Washington and it used to be the tallest structure in the world until they built the Eiffel Tower in Paris (it was all uphill from there…).  It’s cool.  It didn’t bowl me over or anything, I wasn’t all “wowzers, now that’s an obelisk, people!” because I haven’t really visited many obelisks in my travels.  But it honors someone important (George Washington) who said and did a lot of important and interesting stuff (like revolting against the British colonizers, being the first president of the US, etc).

It’s also in the National Mall, which is so familiar from seeing images of protests and major historic events like Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement… but wow, it’s really huge.  It’s hard to grasp that until you visit even just a part of it.  I really want to get down there for some kind of event or rally while I am here, because the energy must be amazing.

Just across from the Washington Monument stands the National World War II Memorial.  It was opened by then President George W Bush in 2004.  This stone stands at the front.

WWII Monument

There’s food for thought in DC no matter where you stumble… its not just found in class readings on post-conflict states etc.  I’ll try and keep my education here well rounded, but I will have to always give some degree of preference to my grades…

2 Responses to " The Washington Monument "

  1. Heather says:

    “wowzers, now that’s an obelisk, people!” = that’s what she said

  2. Ashlee says:

    *boom boom ching*

    She’s here all week, people. Give her a round of applause.
    .-= Ashlee´s last blog ..The Washington Monument =-.