Today was my final full day in America. As you'd anticipate, a day of real mixed feelings. I'm very ready to get back home - I need to start eating properly (and lose some weight), see my friends, get back into work, re-engage with everything that's going on with the City Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner election (Thursday - make sure you vote!) and generally get back to normal. But at the same time I'd gutted that my trip is coming to an end - it's been even more incredible than I might have imagined. I've checked into my flight home (noticing at the last minute that the travel agent has printed the time wrongly on my itinerary so lucky I'm not going to miss my flight then!) and worked out for the final time what underused and rickety public transport offering I'm going to use to get to the airport. (Actually, DC's public transport is pretty good so shouldn't be snarky about it). I've bought so many Christmas and holiday gifts for people that I've had to plan to check in a second bag for the flight home - bearing in mind I've posted five parcels of stuff home as well!
I've not going to to try to even summarise what I've learned on this trip in this post - I've going to leave it some time to percolate through my brain and put it all into my final report for the Roosevelt Scholarship.
In that spirit, I'm just going to drop a few final photographs into this post and leave it at that - see you on the other side.
|Yes, the sky really was that blue! It was however freezing at 8 o'clock this morning before my official tour of The Capitol|
|I'm a massive geek when it comes to the US Supreme Court so was very excited to be inside this building|
|This is the Hirshhorn gallery - one of 19 Smithsonian museums. An excellent collection of modern art, including a whole floor of Ai Weiwei|
|Stumbled across this almost by accident but thought a picture of FDR's memorial would be a fitting place to end this post|