On Sunday, we ate breakfast at our hotel. Then we went to Arlington Cemetery which is a huge cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. It is full of graves of soldiers who died in wars as well as some of the presidents and their families. There is also a tomb of an unknown solider which many people o to pay their respects to. This tomb is so important that there are guards protecting it all day. Every half hour, they have a ceremony called the Changing of the Guard, where original guard leaves and a new one takes their place. This is a very solemn ceremony. So solemn in fact, that during it, people are not even allowed to sit down.
I went to this ceremony with two of my friends. It was close to the time we were supposed to be returning to the buses to leave and go somewhere else but my friends and I thought we would have time to see it anyway. However, it went on a lot longer than we expected and suddenly we realized that we were supposed to be back on the buses in 5 minutes.
Like I said, Arlington Cemetery is a huge place and it can be really disorienting with the endless rows of gravestones all over. So, my friends and I had no idea where we were or how to get out. We tried to retrace our steps but we had no idea where we were going so we decided to ask this guy for directions to the parking lot, where the buses were. He gave us directions but they weren't very good and we ended up back where we started. We wandered around for a few more minutes hoping that we might be going in the right direction. However, once again, we ended up back where we'd started.
Finally, we decided to ask another person for help. He had a map and said we could have it. Looking at the map, we realized we were on the other side of the cemetery from the parking lot! We followed the map until we finally got the parking lot--half an hour late.
After Arlington Cemetery, we went to a mall called Pentagon City for lunch. We also had some time to buy stuff.
Then, we went to Mount Vernon which was the home of George Washington. It is not only a house, but a lot of land that ends in a beautiful lake. It also has a souvenir shop and a place to eat. My friends and I sat by the lake for about 4 hours even though technically, we were supposed to meet at the house for a tour.
We left Mount Vernon and had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.
After dinner, we went to the Kennedy Center, which seemed kind of pointless. It was basically a big building with a flag from each county, a fancy restaurant, and a huge balcony. The real purpose of the Kennedy Center, though, is to have concerts.
Then we went back to our hotel and stayed up until 1:30 am.
watching T.V. and talking on the phone.