I don’t remember her exact words, but it was something along the lines of the women in the District of Columbia obviously lack the skills to make sandwiches. That’s the only explanation we could come up with for the lack of real food in the nation’s capital. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sandwich as much as the next American, but it’s a food I’m capable of making, and not necessarily something I want to spend $15 on.
We spent four nights in this proud city. Washington D.C. This is where it all happens, the magic that is our country, or lack of. For me, this was my fourth trip. I’m big on history and I’ve long been proud of many of the things this city, and more importantly, this country have accomplished through the avenues established here. Our daily lives are indirectly orchestrated from this powerful city.
As beautiful of a place as it is, it’s really a sad place once you get on the inside. For one, I’m not really sure what anyone eats. Sandwiches everywhere. Everything is priced out of this stratosphere, just in case you forgot where you were. If you were expecting a please or thank you, someone to hold the door for a woman, or even a general smile, then look elsewhere. I’ve never seen more homeless people in my life. I’m not talking about the “homeless” that live in Atlanta, or Charlotte, or any other typical city. I mean people that are truly homeless, living on park benches and by Metro stations.
There’s pleasantries. The architecture and the city itself is absolutely gorgeous. To me, there’s very few cities like this in the world. Yes, the world. If you can’t appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into the design of the city and the buildings, then you’re not looking at the right things. Destinations like this are getting to be rare, and the District provides some absolutely breathtaking views.
We must have walked a thousand miles the first day, though this was by choice, as Washington has one of the most robust public transportation systems in the world. Have I mentioned that this is a first-class city yet? We toured the U.S. Capitol, a number of the Smithsonian’s, Arlington, Union Station, and more. We saw the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and our Bill of Rights. Amazingly, these documents still exist. Even more amazing than some paper existing this long is the fact that these ideas are still the backbone of our nation.
We must have seen nearly everything Washington D.C. has to offer. From the Lincoln Memorial, we overlooked the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol in the distance, with the famous Potomac River to our backs. Where else can you see so much in one spot? With some of the most awe-inspiring buildings within frame, and some of the most powerful buildings in the world mere miles away, there is no greater feeling.
Even though we were both thrilled to get home, I have no doubt that we both enjoyed D.C. To me, there is no city as powerful as Washington. There is no place so full of secrets and seeped in history, a city that has defined, not just our lives, but the lives of so many citizens of the world. This is where it happened, where the deals were made, the treaties signed and broken, and the declarations of war that have dominated our history books.0