Washington revisited

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
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Trip End Aug 24, 2008


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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Washington revisited

We like to underscore differences and forget similarities. Still, when visiting the US similarities reign. Like Europeans, Americans cling to structure and order. Like the Dutch, Americans are proud of their nation and look for ways to integrate a multitude of cultures. Like other political capitols, streets are filled with bureaucrats from a wide range of governmental agencies. Like Schiphol, Dulles International Airport is covered with Capgemini marketing materials ["Free your energies!"]. However, Europeans quickly notice the large cars, the lack of cynics and something militaristic which is hard to place. Welcome to America.

Since my previous visit to Washington in 2003, the city has retained it rustic air. Streets are still meticulously cleaned and monuments remain impressive. Differences are subtle. I detect an increase in Spanish influences on the streets and a decrease of the cultural divide. Still, the reason for this bridge might be the fact that my neighbourhood Adams Morgan resembles the vision portrayed by Martin Luther King. Little black girls playing with little white girls.

Today I rediscovered Washington. I walked from Adams Morgan to the National Mall. I climbed the steps of Congress and enjoyed the Air & Space Museum. I took pictures of the Washington Monument and saluted the statue of Abraham Lincoln. I witnessed the changing of the guards at Arlington cemetery and met fellow students at Georgetown University. Finally I enjoyed the beauty of Dumbarton Oaks - only to return to Adams Morgan after a long day.

http://www.metwashairports.com/Dulles/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_Morgan
http://www.doaks.org/
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