Each year, the 8th graders at my school visit Washington DC, and for the past two years, I have been lucky enough to tag along as a chaperone. With each trip, I am reminded just how beautiful the capital city of my country is. As much as I often push it away, in search of bigger and better things, I have to sometimes step back and realize just how lucky I am to have grown up in The United States. All four of my grandparents took extreme measures and sacrifices to come here in their teens, and often I take it for granted.
Travel has opened my eyes to the beauty of the world, and sometimes I forget that the world includes where I come from as well. But, this week I was reminded just how lucky I am to call America home. My nation’s capital is one of the most well-kept and maintained cities I have ever visited and it can be hard to put down the camera to appreciate what you are seeing.
Below are some of the pictures I took during my short stay, but I plan on visiting the city again, without kids, very soon.