Thursday for theater class, we went to see "New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza" at Theater J. It was about the Dutch Jewish philosopher, Spinoza, and his excommunication from the Jewish community for his philosophies about religion and God. It was pretty interesting. It really took me back to my philosophy class last semester. Unfortunately I had a headache so these deep world concerns were a little much for me at the time.
Finally Friday came, and I got off of work for the day. I went to go meet Jake at the airport and brought him back to the house to drop off his suitcase. We then headed over to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for a tour. You get to learn a lot about how the money is printed and inspected each step of the way before it goes into circulation. You also learn a lot about the different security features of the bills and how they are trying to prevent against counterfeiting. There are a lot of different layers of ink printed on the bills to make them so colorful and safe. It is incredible how much money you get to see in big piles right before your eyes.
|Jake with $1,000,000 in $10 bills|
Saturday we headed to Eastern Market to get pancakes at the Market Brunch I have heard so much about but never had a chance to get. We ended up having to wait about 45 minutes to get them. I was expecting a wait, but that's a bit crazy. They were just as great as they were hyped up to be though I'm not sure I'd want to wait that long for pancakes again. We walked around the market for a bit, then headed to the National Aquarium. The aquarium had some cool fish, tree frogs, an octopus, and an albino alligator, but we are definitely spoiled at home with the Georgia Aquarium being as big and wonderful as it is. This didn't compare at all, but it was only $10!
|Blue dotted fish|
|Awesome polka dot stingray|
|Baby Sea Turtle|
|Blue Tree Frogs|
Of course we went back to Eastern Market on Sunday for my favorite crepes! I also got some awesome mini donuts with powdered sugar from the cart next to the crepes, which tasted a lot like funnel cake or beignets. I also broke down and finally bought a painting from a booth (Turbopolis) I had looked at a couple times. I think it will be a great souvenir from the trip for myself.
I was off again on Monday, but we went by my office to print Jake's boarding pass and so I could give him a tour of the U.S. Capitol. I hadn't given one before so there were a few glitches with getting different places and passes for him, but it was good practice. I wasn't able to take him on the House floor, which my office thought I could do, as we didn't have a staff member with us. Unfortunately we were a bit tight on time too, so we couldn't really have a staffer meet us over there. That was a little disappointing, but we did go on the Speaker's Balcony, in the gallery, rotunda, and everywhere else. Next time I will know to have someone from my office meet me so I can take people on the floor, which is a really great privilege of going on a staff-led tour.
|At the Reflection Pond with Capitol in back|
|Jake on the Speaker's Balcony|
|On the Speaker's Balcony|
|Crime and Punishment Museum|
|Ted Bundy's Car|
|Learning how to crack a safe|
|Cop Car Simulator|
|Firearms Training Simulator|
Today I gave a tour of the Capitol to the Mayor of Orangeburg, his wife, and some of his staff. It was a lot of fun, and I'm glad to be done with one (two if you count the less official tour I gave Jake) so I feel more comfortable giving them. That was a good way to start off my work week! Happy Saint Patrick's Day, and I'll catch you up after!