General Life Travel

2018 USA Trip – Week 8

Week 8 saw work ramping up as we move towards the end of this trip. Only 3 weeks left now. πŸ—“οΈβ³πŸ•

Recovery on the exercise related exertion headaches continues, albeit slowly. 😩

I went to DC again on Saturday and did a tour inside the Capitol Building. Turned out you can not bring any liquid inside but you could bring an empty bottle. They also have a bag size limit. Kinda bizarre.

The tour guide took a couple dozen of us first through The Crypt which marks what used to be the center of Washington DC. It is filled with supporting columns for the dome above and 13 statues of important individuals from the original 13 colonies. The first US president George Washington was meant to be buried in a tomb here under the Crypt but in his will he wished to be buried in his old family vault and so the tomb remains unused except for storage these days.

We then moved to the Rotunda at the heart of the Capitol Building, right beneath the big dome. Around the inside perimeter we were surrounded by more statues and huge art works depicting important events of the US history. As we looked up there were beautiful friezes depicting more American history and the top of the ceiling is a fresco of Washington sitting in the heaven surrounded by different figures each represented different things.

Last stop was the Statuary Hall which held more of the building’s 100 statues on display. The room used to be the chamber for the House of Representatives.

About the statues. In 1864, Congress invited each of the 50 states to contribute two statues of their prominent citizens that have passed away. These statues are now placed all over the Capitol Building.

The tour was pretty awesome. The Capitol Building was amazing and we had an excellent tour guide. It’s definitely worth a visit on the inside.

I spent the rest of the day visiting the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art and the National Space and Air Museum (again! πŸ˜…). I also went to Chinatown for some hand made fried lamian (noodle) and steamed pork buns for lunch. Good times! πŸ˜‡πŸŽˆπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²

I didn’t take any interesting photos this time so here’s one taken at the Naval Academy from a while back πŸ˜›.


This is a post originally posted to my Instagram account. In the interest of preserving the weekly photo journal for my US 2018 trip. I am republishing them here on my own blog (with corrections and sometimes new photos).

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By Benjamin Huang

Software developer, photographer, gamer, food junkie and music lover.

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