Washington was an interesting city, and I was excited to discover that the two places we especially wanted to visit - the Holocaust Museum and the National Archives Building - had no admission cost! The area around Capitol Hill and the Mall was very clean with an overall impression of order, power, and history. Being the American history major that I am, the opportunity to actually see such documents as the Declaration of Independence, documents I have studied, was very exciting. The same can be said for Capitol Hill and the White House... Even though I'm not American, these are buildings whose faces I've known since I was little; structures that I could have named before I knew what our own Parliament Buildings looked like.
We spent some time wandering the streets of Washington and saw some of the Mall before heading to the Holocaust Museum. We spent 3 hours there and hadn't seen everything by the time the museum closed. It was the most powerful museum I have been to... devastating and haunting. If you plan on visiting, definitely set aside more that 3 hours to get through the exhibit.
Following our visit to the museum we were hungry but had no idea where to eat... so we asked someone on the metro! They directed us to Busboys and Poets at 14th and V in Washington's U Street Corridor. This restaurant is terrific. Not only do they have delicious food, they house a bookstore operated by Teaching for Change that is filled with books addressing social justice issues. How amazingly awesome is that? If I am ever back in Washington, I will definitely be visiting this restaurant again.