Spring in Sight

Spring in Sight

This week started yet again with the menace of an unrelenting winter. A huge snowstorm threatened to hit by Sunday afternoon and all the forecasts were right: rain eventually turned to snow and the snow kept falling for hours on end. Activities at The Washington Center were cancelled for the second time during the semester and what followed was a lazy day of work, television and I resorted to cooking whatever I could find in my pantry to make a decent meal (mainly due to the fact that I ignored all indications to stock up on supplies for any weather emergency). However, what the storm did not cancel was a day exploring some of DC’s finest museums. I have to say, the Smithsonian Museums at The Mall have been on my bucket list since I was a little girl. I remember reading a story about how you could spend days at The Mall visiting every museum and never run out of things to see and learn. Needless to say, I felt like I revisited my childhood during my visit.

 

Dinosaur Exhibit

 

My favorite museum was undoubtedly the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where I quickly found my favorite exhibit: the dinosaur room. It was quite impressive and I found myself staring in awe at the gigantic casts set up in the room, while I juggled looking at the map to identify if I lived where dinosaurs had millions of years ago. I also visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum where I got to touch a moon rock and admire the many items they had on display. I particularly enjoyed the Skylab, where you could walk through and experience how the astronauts lived, from how the toilets are set up to showers and sleeping spaces. I had a fantastic day experiencing the museums and even though I have many others to visit, it is a wonderful feeling to think that I still have time to enjoy them over the course of the following weeks.

 

National Air and Space Museum

 

With occasional rising temperatures and the extra daylight from the recent time change, I can confidently say it feels like spring is finally arriving in DC. I can only hope it is here to stay. An exciting week awaits, with an important event at my internship site, the Women in Peace in Security in Latin America forum, and an entire day to shadow the president of the National Defense University. There is always so much to look forward to in Washington and I am happy to see that as the weeks have gone by, my days continue to fill up with new and exciting adventures.

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