Today was my first of two full days in Washington, DC, with a full plate of plans. I woke early enough to get downtown for my 10am ticket into the Washington Monument. Sadly, it was closed due to high winds. I was a little sad, but there is always tomorrow. I decided to hop on over to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, where they print all the money! I must admit it was pretty cool seeing all those crisp bills pass by the glass window that has a billion cameras and multiple security guards monitoring it. The tour guide was pretty cute, she was on her Christmas break from school. The one thing that didn’t surprise me, but I kept forgetting about, is all the security in this town. Each building I entered I had to pass through a metal detector. It’s understandable, considering this is the central point of all American politics and archives. I managed to visit the Smithsonian American History Museum, which was fascinating. They had so many exhibits, but my favourite actually ended up being about each of the Wars. Everything from how rationing worked, to bomb shelters and the effect the baby boom had on America to this day. Another great exhibit was about transportation, and how the landscape has evolved over time with the introduction of the Eisenhower Interstate System. One of the best moments of my day was in a gallery that followed different immigrant families through their American story. There was an old woman with what must have been her daughter in her late 40’s. This lady kept telling stories of back in her day and what living in those times was like. I actually followed them through the gallery as she was so interesting to listen to. A true living and breathing perspective. Each single exhibit is designed to be easily digestible and help you learn as much detail as you wish. The Museum of Natural History was just as incredible. The best gallery being about the Ocean. Very modern and well designed. The right mix of multimedia presentations, displays and presentations. I must admit that I have information overload, and will be processing everything I saw, read and touched over the next few days. Tomorrow I plan on going to the Air and Space Museum, as well as the War Memorial, Capital Building and White House. The Mall is pretty huge when your walking from one end to another. It makes me feel like a kid again, visiting the museum and learning all this great information. I almost forget I’m 26. I’m so grateful that my family exposed me to interesting and education opportunities as a young child, which has resulted in me being as inquisitive as a 5 year old to this day.