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Monday, June 30, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA [WEEK 4]

on june 14, i had to go to a school reception in alexandria, virginia. i decided to make a day of it and leave in the morning to see what else there was do in old town alexandria. warning: many pictures, but little captions. i kind of went crazy with the camera.



metro stations in DC look epic.



this was the first time i took the metro and we actually went over ground. within DC, the metro is underground.





along king street, there are shops and historical sites.





why put a fake horse in the back of an old beat up pick-up truck? i do not know. even though alexandria is not very far from DC, the city has much more of a southern feel. even though DC is considered southern, much of the culture and people are not. instead, DC has much more of a metropolitan vibe.



while in alexandria, the only historical site i went to was the stabler-leadbeater apothecary museum. it was founded in 1792 and operated until 1933. most of the objects are still in their original place since going out of business in 1933. the tour, which is only $5, shows you the shop, the library, and the manufacturing room. it's very interesting.

i plan on going back and seeing more of the historical sites, but i ran out of time. unlike georgetown, alexandria has many more historical sites that are open to the public.

on my way to the reception, i saw freedmen's cemetery and memorial. during the civil war, this was a cemetery only for african americans. almost half of those who were buried here were children burdened with disease. the government eventually abandoned the cemetery and maintenance was neglected. bodies would eventually be exposed and a street would be paved over the graves.










of those known to be buried, there name and age are written on the memorial. of those that have living descendants, a button is also next to their name.

after the reception, i decided to spend the early evening back in old town alexandria.



since the reception did not serve dessert, i picked up some coconut ice cream. yummy.



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the next day, me and some of my housemates went back to alexandria to see mount vernon, george washington's estate.



here is me trying to be artsy. washington actually died in the house. also, one of the most interesting facts is that in the hallway, he placed the keys to bastille, which are still there. the keys were a gift from france because they believed the keys of freedom belonged to the father of freedom. at least that is what the docent said.





here is washington's burial site. he was originally going to be buried in the capitol building, the room now called the crypt, but his family wanted him to be buried at the estate.



the slave burial is definitely my favorite site at mount vernon.





the estate is right along the potomac river.



along the river was also the slave cabins (a reproduction). when washington died, his slaves were granted freedom. 



i also really enjoyed the little trail.



who's that lanky lady?





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the next day, which was also my day off, i went to the library of congress.






here is the lady of history, my thang.




inside the library of congress, there are many statues, including ones that represent the continents. these two represent the americas and africa. on the other side, there is europe and asia.



baby looks drunk.



i would argue this quote is wrong.



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now for a song! i have been listening to glen hansard for a while; he is one of my favorites artists. as with everyone else, i was introduced to his music in 'once,' but did not listen to his full discography until a few months ago. one of my favorites songs, and definitely the most beautiful, is 'fitzcarraldo.' enjoy.




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