This trip was something that I had wanted to do for a very long time, the opportunity to devote time to myself, reconnecting with an old friendship and have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and New Year together. For the past 10 years I travel to my Hometown for Christmas, but this time I decided to give it a miss and do something different, which gave me chance to reach out to an old friend and decided to go back to the States.
Friendships are often strange, you spend a lot of time with a person, share ideas, dreams, time, hopes, fears, successes and failures, you start thinking that you will spend the rest of your life with this person, then suddenly life changes for a reason, for example for a transfer of work, because you fall in love, because you pay more attention to other things, or even without cause, and you lose that person for years.
Recovering her friendship was one of the goals of my journey, and I am happy to have succeeded in doing so. 15 years without seeing each other disappeared in a second, and we immediately recovered our relationship.
I can only say it’s true, real friendships never end.
My trip took place between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and I was really very close to what I consider the birth areas of our country, where the pilgrim fathers began to lay the foundations of this great nation, and the idea to see those places at this time of year was extremely interesting for me.
I went to Washington DC and took part in the Midnight mass Christmas at the Basilica of National Shrine. So many people all gathered in one place to celebrate a holy night was fascinating, it was really great to experience, the feeling of belonging to something bigger than us, something that is able to unite and to make us better people and celebrate the birth of Jesus together.
I spent Christmas day and Boxing day in doors, it was great to stay in doors in our pyjamas, with alcohol and lots of food just catching up on lost time and watching TV shows, not stressing about work or anything else.
The next few days involved a lot of touring, visited the cinema to watch Jennifer Lopez’s Second act (love her), I visited the White House which was very fascinating the building is full of history and power, and being able to be so close to the US President’s house is surreal, to think that the decisions that can significantly affect the lives of all the people of the nation are conceived a few steps away from you. Incredible. Also visited The Capitol and the National Monument park.
The African American History Museum which is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in December 2003 has so much history, struggles to get rights, charismatic characters like Reverend King or Malcolm X, but also ordinary people who fought silently for what they thought was right. The pride of my race was within me, very strong. There is a lot of pieces in it’s collection which should be over 18,000 pieces, with some items as far back as pre-20th century that includes Nat Turner’s bible who led the slave rebellion in Virginia in 1891 to post-20th century Muhammad Ali’s gloves, the dress Rosa Parks was sewing the day she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. To be honest the list goes on and I didn’t even see everything, but the amount I saw was very impressive.
I also visited the Cheesecake factory twice and the Famous Ben’s Chilis Bowl, and it was a great experience, eating food from the trucks in the street, trying out the real street food and watching the cheesecake production process was interesting, and I could see things from a different point of view.
What can I say more? Words are never enough when you want to describe something that you really like, and I will always bring memories of this beautiful experience into myself, and I hope I have succeeded in communicating them to you all in the right way, will definitely be going back in a few years.
Have you been to DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia) in the states, please share your experiences.