An afternoon at the Smithsonian – Washington, D.C., 2012

Prior to moving to Morocco I spent a great amount of time running around Washington, D.C. like an overgrown grade-schooler on a one-man field trip. I ran myself ragged across the city visiting the National Air & Space Museum, the National Archives and the National Gallery of Art, amongst others. I had an absolutely fantastic time taking in all that the museums had to offer…or all that I could handle per visit! You could easily spend weeks hopping from one museum to the next and I look forward to visiting them again in the future.

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Just days before leaving D.C. I spent an afternoon at the Smithsonian. Between the tourists and school groups mobbing the museum, things were…hectic. Kids were running around and screaming, parents were chasing their kids and screaming in desperation and tour groups fifty people deep lined every corridor and display. Me? I was happy to enjoy the scene and take it all in.

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I particularly loved seeing how people interacted with the displays – some people simply walked briskly through the museum while others were far more interested in experiencing the installations and presumably imagining the scale of the animals and fossils on display.

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Do yourself a favor and spend a long weekend or two in D.C. Linger over the exhibits and resist the urge to rush. Watch people as they take it all in.

You won’t regret it.

Tech note – all images danced through Snapseed with minimal effort and processing.

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