The Capital of the US of A.
Its almost time for the trip to Washington D.C. to come to end. When one visits Washington D.C., you will come to recognise that America does not do anything on a small scale. All the monuments, state buildings and museums are of great grandeur. The trip to Washington D.C. has highlighted that America is a very proud nation that likes to acknowledge and celebrate it's past and present. However, one thing that comes to the forefront of it's history is the concept of freedom and America's continuation to fight for freedom till this very day. The question has arise during this trip to the capital "what is freedom?" as its meaning differs from one person to the next.
In America or the rest of the world, are individuals really living freely? There continues to be so much inequality in the present day around the world and in America. The following is a quote by Abraham Lincoln.
"Let us disregard all this quibbling about this man or the other man, this race and that race, and the other race being inferior and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position... Let us discard all these things and unite as one people throughout this land until we shall once more stand up declaring that all man are created equal." - Abraham Lincoln
It seems equality is something that the human race continues to struggle with. Only the day where the colour of the skin, religious beliefs, gender and sexuality no longer matter then we can really be free. However this is easier said than done but everyone needs to take a small step through showing compassion towards one another; we and those around us have the same right to be existing in this world.
Besides all the imposing and grand architecture that Washington D.C. portrays, one great thing about Washington D.C. is that access to arts and culture do not come at a price. The Smithsonian Institute has made it possible of everyone to gain access to all of its museums and even the zoo free of charge. Also the Kennedy Centre of contemporary arts offers free shows at 6pm on a daily basis. There also free tours around many of the State Buildings such as Capitol Hill, The Congress Library and the White House. Unfortunately a tour of the White House was not possible during this trip as an application for the White House tour needs to made months in advance via a person's embassy in order to get security clearance. It was fortunate timing to be able to attend the H Street NE Festival on the first day of the trip. The festival showcases the unique vibrant qualities of the community of H Street NE and brings attention to local arts and entertainment. There are many different vibes to the districts of Washington D.C. and this trip has provided a small flavour of it.