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A Visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

June 24, 2015
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Note: Photography wasn’t allowed in the Holocaust Museum at the time of my visit. All the interior photos you see here are from the Museum website. Lucky for future visitors, this policy changed this year, and photography and video are now allowed. There are some restrictions though; see their photo policy at their website. I […]

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Spy?

June 10, 2015
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Are you a fan of spy thrillers? I am. I used to devour books like that when I was younger, and have enjoyed numerous movies and TV shows about spies. So when I was prioritizing my activities in Washington DC last October, the International Spy Museum was high on my list. It turned out to […]

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Ford’s Theater for the DC Visitor

April 22, 2015
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Ford’s Theater, as students of American history know, is where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Boothe in 1865. Aside from the Lincoln Memorial, it’s probably the most Lincoln-centric tourist attraction in Washington, DC. I visited Ford’s Theater on a rainy Wednesday in Washington, DC. (Thank God for museums on rainy days.) Before […]

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A Quick Tour of Arlington National Cemetery

April 8, 2015
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I love walking through cemeteries. You can learn a lot about a culture by looking at how they treat their dead, and you can learn a lot by reading old headstones. Cemeteries are peaceful places to go for a meditative walk and consider the meaning of life. I personally am opting for cremation when I […]

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Hotel Rouge: Love at First Sight

March 25, 2015
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[Disclaimer: I’m not sure why all my photos of this place came out so terribly, but you can definitely blame the photographer and not the subject. You’ll have to use your imagination to picture how great it looks in person.] Hotel Rouge had me at “Hello.” Literally. I arrived late on a Saturday night, after […]

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My Two Favorite Smithsonian Museums

February 25, 2015
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You know how there are museums that you visit once and you’re glad you did, but you also know you never need to go back again? This article is not about that kind of museum. I’ve been to Washington, DC exactly two times–once back in the 1990s for a single rainy Saturday and once this […]

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A Tour of the U.S. Capitol

February 4, 2015
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Once again, I have to thank Tracy Antonioli, the Suitcase Scholar – this time for convincing me to tour the U.S. Capitol when I was in Washington. I didn’t want to. I’m so disgusted with politicians in Washington, Congress in particular. Why would I want to visit this temple to ego-driven decision-making? But the more […]

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Dining Around DC

January 21, 2015
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One of the greatest surprises for me about Washington, DC was just how much I dug the dining scene here. I didn’t get a chance to try as many restaurants as I would have liked; I had a really long list of places I wanted to try and didn’t get to a third of them. […]

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Feeling My Age at the Newseum

December 17, 2014
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The Newseum’s tagline is “There’s More to Every Story.” As an English Lit major, writer, and story-lover, I really, really like this tagline. The longer I live, the more I realize how true it is–in fiction, in nonfiction, and in our own lives. No matter how objective a newspaper or news show might try to […]

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