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Dr. Snow Goes to Washington

Hey, remember that time that I went to Washington? Since I’m on holidays right now, I actually managed to put all my photos into Flickr so now I can show you some of the cool stuff I saw.

I spent the lion’s share of my day that I had for sightseeing at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, where I saw mummies:

Mummy at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

including this mummified bull:

Mummified bull at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

And these mummified cats (though some of the mummified cats didn’t actually contain any cat remains! (read the signs below the mummies)):

Mummified Cats at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

This lion that was shot by Theodore Roosevelt. Poor, sad looking lion:

Lion that Teddy Roosevelt Shot in Africa; at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

I watched a movie about evolution at the Evolution Theatre:

Evolution Theatre

Where I also took this selfie:

Me and my new friend at the Evolution Theatre

Over in the gem section, I took a picture of the supposedly cursed Hope Diamond:

The Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Hope Diamond Sign at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum>

After leaving the museum, I took a quick jaunt through the sculpture garden outside the Smithsonian National Art Gallery:

Sculpture Garden Outside Smithsonian Art Gallery>

Sculpture Garden Outside Smithsonian Art Gallery

After that, I went to see the Lincoln Memorial, which involved about a half an hour walk along the national mall in the pouring rain. Walked by the Washington Monument:

Washington Monument

The WWI Memorial:

WWII Monument

WWII Monument

The reflecting pool (you can see the Lincoln Memorial at the end):

Reflecting Pool

Abraham Lincoln Memorial

Once I got there, I actually couldn’t get a good photo of Abe – it was too dark and gloomy out! I did, however, get this photo of what Abraham Lincoln would be looking at if he weren’t just a statue:

View from the Lincoln Memorial

When I’d Google Mapped the directions to the Lincoln Memorial, I saw on the map that just up the street was an Albert Einstein Memorial, just outside the National Academies of Science. Despite the fact that I was cold and wet, I decided to tough it out and go see it, since it was my only day for sightseeing (as the conference that I was in Washington for was starting the next day):

Albert Einstein Memorial

Albert Einstein Memorial

And that was the extent of my sight-seeing, as the next day was conference time!

Welcome sign at the AEA Conference

There were soooo many things that I didn’t see, so clearly I’m going to need to go back to see such things as:

  • the Holocaust Museum
  • the other 16 Smithsonians in Washington, including the zoo
  • National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia (which I was told was even cooler than the National Air and Space Museum that’s in DC)
  • the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • the White House
  • the Capitol

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NaBloPoMo Day 7 – Washington

I’ll do a more complete recapping of my trip once I’m done with the trip, but here are a few, random, initial thoughts about Washington.

  • This city is pretty cool. It’s got a cool vibe and there are so many freaking things to see here! As much as I’m super excited about the conference I’m going to, I’m kinda sad that I can’t see more of the things in the city!
  • I spent a bunch of time at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. And every time I thought, “I’m going to head out. I’m musuemed out and I want to get to the Lincoln Memorial before it gets dark,” I’d see another thing I want to see and then I’d stay longer. There were dinosaurs! And mummies! And skeletons of everything you could imagine! And the Hope diamond1! And an evolution exhibit! And a lion that was shot by Teddy Roosevelt!
  • While standing in the Smithsonian I had this thought: “No doubt Trump has never set foot in this place. I bet he doesn’t even know it exists. Or the other 16 Smithsonians in this town.”
  • I wandered through the garden of sculptures outside the Smithsonian museum of art.
  • I walked to the Lincoln Memorial and on the way saw the Washington monument, the WWII monument, and the reflecting pool (with many, many ducks in it) that leads up to Lincoln.
  • When I google mapped the Lincoln, I saw there is an Albert Einstein monument nearby (just outside the National Academy of Science). So of course I went there because science.
  • All of this was in the pouring rain, so I was pretty drenched by this point (despite having an umbrella) and it was cold and dark and I discovered that I was nowhere near a metro station and the best way back to my hotel was on the bus. Something I learned today is that the buses aren’t very good at staying on schedule, at least according to all the people at the bus stop who were more than happy to tell me about how bad the buses are!
  • My hotel is pretty nice, but there aren’t nearly enough electrical outlets (you can tell it’s an old building) and there is no luxurious robe! This is my third hotel in less than a month (so much work travel!) and only one has had a robe. These other hotels need to step up their robe game, is what I’m saying.
  1. While I was standing in line to get into the museum – the security line up there was worse than at the airport! – I heard someone say, “The Smithsonian owns the Hope diamond, but everything that the Smithsonian owns belongs to all Americans. Whoever owns the Hope diamond is cursed. I think that explains a lot.” []