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One Week in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Foreign Exchange student Ilona Luck, from Sweden, finds the memorial to Arkansas at Arlington national Cemetery. Photo/Ilona Luck
Editor's Note: Ilona Luck is a Foreign Exchange Student from Switzerland who currently attends Cave City High School

On Saturday, Nov. 5, 21 exchange students from the organization SAI started their unforgettable trip to Washington D.C. With two vans and four chaperones, we drove 20 hours in two days. Sunday afternoon, we finally reached Washington D.C., tired but excited.

The Iwo Jima Memorial was the first thing we visited; it was amazing. On Monday, the whole group went to Mount Vernon. To see how George Washington lived was awesome. In the museum in Mount Vernon, we learned a lot of history about Mount Vernon and George Washington.

Everyone looked forward to Tuesday, when we went to the White House. After a lot of security checks, we walked through this historic site. The White House is so beautiful; all the rooms have a special theme, like the famous red room.

On Tuesday, we also learned a lot about the U.S. Capitol's history, and saw the Senate and the House of Representatives.

For all who go to Washington D.C., be sure to visit the Kennedy Center; the theaters are huge and really pretty. And the play Sheer Madness was great. I think I never enjoyed a play so much.

A half day in the Smithsonian Institute is too short, I figured out. There are a lot of museums in the D.C. area that are free, and all of them are interesting and entertaining at the same time--like the Natural History Museum. You could spend the whole day there and wouldn't see everything.

On 11/11/11, the whole group went to the Arlington National Cemetery, where President Barak Obama made a speech. Later that day, we went to different memorials, including the Vietnam Memorial. It was impressive, as everything was decorated for Veteran's Day.

The whole week, I will never forget. I learned a lot about America and its history.

We all were fascinated by Washington D.C., and I hope I will go back and visit the things I didn't have time to see while we were there.