The Holocaust and Protests
Trip Start Apr 09, 2006
148Trip End Jun 09, 2007
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DC has been the walking fest that it has always been during my past trips and I love it. The cherry blossoms are all about a week past prime, but I really could not have asked for better weather. I'll upload pics sometime later (I have free internet access here but can't connect my camera).
One little thing that affected how easily I got around has been the HUGE immigration protests. Monday's effectively shut down the Metro for a few hours. I still had a good time...a lot of spanish speakers (estimated as many as 1 million) are pretty danged passionate and all were in good spirits.
Of course, no visit to DC (for me) would be complete without a night out around Dupont Circle - had a great time as usual. Wonderful pan-asian food from Raku & then stumbled upon a bar named Cafe Citron. Those of you who know me well (or who have ever met me) know why I was drawn into the place. They had a flamenco dancer that night who was fantastic & caused me to stay a bit longer than I had planned.
The entire reason for coming here was to obtain my visa for Syria. I've been worried about it for a while because of some things I've learned from other travelers, but I didn't have any problems. Easy as pie - requested Monday at about 11AM (& paid the hefty $100 fee) and picked it up this afternoon. Double-entry!
One new thing that I did in DC was to visit the Holocaust Museum. I have just returned from 4.5 hours there and I must say I am mentally exhausted. It is, without question, one of the must-see's in DC for visitors of all ages. I feel especially fortunate to have seen it as I plan to be in Poland in several weeks to see some of the preserved sites. It's difficult to describe the mix of feelings - sadness, disbelief, horror, physical sickness - and I was well aware of the historical details before my visit. The permanent exhibit is very powerful. There is a small auditorium at the end of the exhibit that plays interview excerpts from holocaust survivors where even the hard-asses were having trouble keeping it together. The survivors were very simply and honestly recalling the real events of their lives. If you visit DC, reserve a day...stand in line...go. The exhibits are all self-explanatory & it's a very easy self-guided tour.
I am exhausted, but headed to NYC tomorrow - see you then.
Again, pics to follow.