After a nine hour flight full of turbulences on Wednesday, we (my mother Jayne and I) have finally settled and ‘found our feet’ on the other side of the ‘pond’. Today was our first day of being typical tourists in Washington D.C. Thankfully, we had an excellent tour guide, Anya, (who happens to be one of my best friends) to show us around all the sites of the capitol city of America. Luckily enough, she was well rehearsed and practised before we arrived as she’s done this so many times having friends visit the city already – so we had the crème de le crème tour!

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Supreme Court of Justice

We crammed in as much as we could in a day: Library of Congress, National Mall, Capitol Building, Congress Building, Senate Building, Supreme Court of Justice, The Washington Monument, The White House, The Lincoln Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Chinatown, Dupont Circle – I can say that I am officially exhausted!

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The Capitol Building
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Washington Memorial

 

Thankfully, we were able to get around the 177kmsq city by a combination of walking and a bus tour. This really helped me conserve my energy, be comfortable and prevent any pain flare ups. On a side note, slightly disappointed that The White House is not as big as I first thought, unlike Buckingham Palace standing proudly at the end of the mall.

 

I am so grateful to have been shown some of the most historic monuments, sites and memorials of the world. Being an american citizen, it was so amazing to learn such poignant times in American history that has created important change, justice and freedom – especially Abraham Lincoln’s Memorial and where Martin Luther King Jr. made his “I have a dream” speech. I felt so emotional standing on the same spot where two such inspiring and influencing leaders of change once stood. I had this overflowing feeling of pride of being an American.

 

Today was a great distraction to the looming lifesaving neurosurgery I will be having in a couple of days time. Having a few days to tour the city to take my mind off things has given me a chance to smile and enjoy what I most love to do: travelling and exploring! Even though these past nine months have been the most testing times ever, I will not let the EDS and my neck damages take over the things I love to do in life. Being around best friends, family and visiting a new city leaves me in a tranquil state of mind before my surgery. I have always wanted to visit D.C. and checking this off my list before the big day has been most fabulous!

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Lincoln’s Memorial – “…that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the Earth”.