You thought we were stopping at New York City? Well think again because last week we went on another amazing field trip. This time we went to Washington, D.C.. While there, we tried to get into the Supreme Court, talked with some judges, went on a bike tour of the city, saw Bernie Sanders, went on a tour of the Capitol Building, and visited the Newseum.
Once we got off the train into Washington, D.C., we walked straight to the Supreme Court and got in line to view a hearing. The line was already enormous and spilled off of the stairs and a good ways down the sidewalk. Sadly, we ended up waiting in line for two hours and didn’t get in. What is really angering about this is that we were the next people in line!
After the mishap at the Supreme Court, we got lunch and contacted Ethyl’s brother, Ofair, who was able to get in touch in two judges for us to talk to. They were both very nice, and we got to know a lot about what it is like to be a judge. Something that I found really interesting and inspiring is that both of them said they became lawyers and untimely judges for the same reasons. They chose this profession because they felt that they wanted to make a difference in the world for the greater good.
The last thing we did that day was go on a bike tour to see some of the most inportant landmarks in the city. These included places like the Washington monument, the Jefferson memorial, the Lincon memorial, and the the Martin Luther King memorial. My favorite of these was the Jefferson memorial, as it was right next to a body of water, and it was incredibly beautiful to see the sunset reflect in it. After we finished the bike tour we went back to the hotel for some much needed rest.
The next day we ate breakfast and left for a tour of the Capitol Building, only to stumble upon a speech by Bernie Sanders! This was definitely a surprise and really interesting to listen to. We stayed for a few minutes before continuing on to on to the Capitol. Once there, we went through security and walked over to Senator Coons’ office where one of his interns , Mikey, showed us around. One of the things I enjoyed the most was seeing all of the paintings and architecture of the building itself. I found it very impressive how big and intricate these paintings were and how beautiful the ceilings and tiles were.
After leaving the Capitol Building we walked over to the Newseum. One there, we ate lunch and then headed over to the theatre they had to see a 4D movie. We ended up waiting in line, and once we got in they couldn’t start the movie, and we had to leave. This was certainly the trip of waiting in lines with no reward, but luckily the FBI and Berlin Wall exhibits were amazing made up for missing the movie!
After leaving the museum we took the metro to the train station and came back home. Overall, this was an exciting trip, but it was very tiring. I had a lot of fun and hope we can go back to visit the two places we missed out on this time.