The Adventure Continues

by Laura Zwicker

One of the greatest pleasures and privileges of being a visitor in Washington, DC is taking advantage of all the wonderful sightseeing opportunities available here — all for free!

There are publicly available docent led tours of all major governmental buildings as well as an impressive museum collection. I have been fortunate enough to visit the Supreme Court of the United States, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, as well as a behind the scenes look at Capitol Hill led by my good friend Dane Cruz who is interning with Senator Dianne Feinstein this summer.

See below for pictures of my adventures!

tGEMc9-20170714_113340Capitol Hill

tGEMc13-20170714_130934The Inaugural Steps

tGEMc12-20170714_130420Center of Capitol Hill (in “the crypt”)

tGEMc14-20170714_132247Paul Ryan’s Offices (the closest security would let me get!)

tGEMc2-20170712_142207Senate Offices (upstairs)

tGEMc10-20170714_122418Senate Underground Tunnels

tGEMc11-20170714_122643Underground Trolley

tGEMc8-20170714_112945Supreme Court of the United States

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tGEMc19-20170714_161706Library of Congress

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tGEMc18-20170714_151511Main Reading Room

tGEMc15-20170714_144607Gutenberg Bible

aiI5K1-20170714_150137Astronomy Art in the Science Wing

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aiI5K2-20170714_145553Wisdom from the Library of Congress…

yj1bo1-20170721_125502Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

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yj1bo32-20170721_172100Cockpit of Boeing 747

yj1bo31-20170721_171455Space Shuttle Spacelab

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yj1bo13-20170721_135628Space Toilet!

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yj1bo27-20170721_152616Mars Rovers

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yj1bo8-20170721_131939Touch Model of the Big Bang

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yj1bo33-20170721_175609U.S.S. Enterprise!

yj1bo19-20170721_140935“Failure Is Not An Option”

yj1bo3-20170721_125619Sally Ride!

This last exhibit was a real treat! Sally Ride is the first American woman to ever go into space (as well as the youngest American astronaut ever to go into space), and she is also the daughter of Dale Ride, former political science professor at Santa Monica College and the reason I am here in DC right now!

These tours and experiences gave me great insight into the different opportunities that are available to me going forward in life, but each path is exciting and enticing in their owns ways. I want to do it all!

 

 

 

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