The Capitol (U.S.)

This fall break I had the opportunity to take a quick vacation to Washington D.C. It is one of my favorite cities to visit with the massive amount of history that goes behind each of the land marks. The museums along the mall, the memorials and just everything about D.C. has some sort of meaning and background. I also got to go into the U.S. capitol building. I’ve been before but not at an age that I can appreciate it. We did not have to take the tour guide tour with the massive amounts of tourists, which is of course, amazing. Instead we got to walk around with one of the staffers of Congressman Brad Ashford as my mom is pretty close to him and his organization. We began our tour in the Cannon building, which is directly adjacent to the capitol because that is where Ashford’s office is along with many other members of the house and senate. The building has similar architecture to the capitol and the other buildings on the mall and smells like a nice hotel. We went through a tunnel underneath that was lined with paintings by various high school students from each state. Its truly interesting to see the different perspectives of each student in different states, it makes you wonder what we actually have in common with each other. In the capitol itself we walked past bunches and bunches of tourists guided by men in red coats. We got to go into rooms that were especially important in history. The old supreme court room for example, which has been maintained with its original form was a major piece of history. Ruling of such great magnitude were there and I could do nothing but wonder what it was like to see decisions such as the Dred Scott ruling take place. And yet all the other tourists can do is take pictures and not appreciate the importance of this room. We then went into the old Senate chamber, where a similar magnitude of decisions have been made, and yet, pictures only by the groups of tourists. Throughout the entire trip through the capitol, it seemed like myself and a few select others were the only ones who were less focused on getting a good picture and appreciating the amount of history lies within those walls. We walked the same paths that leaders of our country have walked but tourists were hell bent on finding good lighting for their instagram post. It was truly an odd experience to be the most engaged person in the room in such an important place.

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  1. That is so cool that you got to travel somewhere out of Nebraska for fall break! I can understand what you mean by saying that you were really engaged in the history and others, not so much. It doesn’t really surprise me though that some may not find the depth in it as you did.

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