Friday, June 11, 2010

Visit to the Smithsonian

I had fun this week doing what almost all tourists who come to D.C. do, checking out the monuments. I went to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It was a lot of fun. When I got tired of walking around the different exhibits I sat and watched all of the informational videos. Of all the videos I watched, the ones that I really liked were the ones about underwater exploration. Those videos made me have an urge to go scuba diving, and it made me become more motivated to learn scuba diving to go deep under water.

I also really like the exhibit on sand because I could relate it to the different types of sands and beaches of where I am from, Puerto Rico. This exhibit also made me think about what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico. I think it is really tragic that after all the time that has gone by since the accident happened, the oil continues to flow and spill all over the Gulf. When I watched the coverage of the oily birds and the now oil-filled wetlands, I wonder how can we be of any help to stop the damage that continues happening to the Gulf coast. I try not to think about it too much.

The other exhibit that really caught my eye was the crystal and rock exhibit. As a child I had a big rock collection, but nothing like the Smithsonian. It was then, when I was in the rock exhibit, that I really regretted not bringing my camera. While at the rock collection I saw a fellow AAPD intern who was nice enough to give me the head ups that Justice Sotomayor was going to be speaking this week on Capitol Hill. All in all, the rocks were the last exhibit I saw in the Smithsonian but I know I have to go back.

1 comment:

  1. Gabriela,
    Let us know when you decide to go back, my partner Renee works in the Bone Lab there and could let you in on some of the "secrets" in the exhibit.


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