A piece of history, just like that. Sometimes this job takes you to places you never imagined. And sometimes you will find yourself in the most interesting moments of history. When I got to Washington, it was shortly after the new American president was elected – and two days before Christmas Eve. The city was empty, everything was being prepared for Christmas or the new president, and a strange atmosphere was taking over. Like the silence before the storm.

The White House: Goodbye, Obama!

For the first time in my life I stood in front of the White House, a building I’ve seen numerous times on the news. Isn’t it strange, when you see a familiar place from TV in real life for the first time? I imagined the White House much bigger – it was so huge in my imagination, I was a little disappointed.

While Obama was probably packing his boxes inside, I decided to continue my sightseeing tour and headed towards the Mall.

Washington, DC, and its architecture

Somehow, the architecture in Washington seemed different to me. Parts are supposed to look ancient greek or roman, and in the end it seems like a wild mixture through the world’s history.

At the Mall, a kilometer-long huge alley, you will find most of the important buildings: the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the huge Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial itself.

Although everything was impressive only due to the sheer size, I can’t say I was flashed. And I really had to pee!

But there was no public toilet around at the enourmous Mall. I decided to enter one of the museums along the Mall. It was cold anyway and maybe I’d find something interesting there, too. I found out that the entrance was free, can you believe it?  If I would have read my travel guide more thoroughly, I’d would have known that before:

Most museums in Washington, DC, offer free entrance!

And that’s how I got into the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – and I was impressed!

At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington

The quality of the exhibition was exceptionally good, and although I’m not a big fan of Natural History Museums in general, I was genuinely surprised. There were also volunteers in some parts, showing visitors insects, answering questions and having fun with the huge amount of kids around.

Personally, I fell in love with the Butterfly Garden! Thousand of exotic butterflies in a tropical mini-jungle flying around you! So exciting to see those wonderful creatures close!

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