Basketball game Virginia vs Liberty

yesterday evening, we were at this basketball game and it was funny. Everything beginns with the hymn, of course…

and then, they plaid twice 20 minutes, UVA, who plaid at home, lost 82-86 if i remember well. They really had all the supporters (all in orange clothed) with them!

during the times-out, cheerleaders, danceclub und so weiter were untertaining us and although it was “just” a college game, it looked very profesionnal. A bit too much though according to my taste, but really nice to see!

 

 

YMCA

everybody knowsthis song ah yes, i think so!

THEY EXIST!!!! and they did not lie when they said “it’s fun to stay at the YMCA!”

ok, i did not stay there that long, only to swimm the other morning. there is a local YMCA not too far from my friend’s place (where i am actually staying, but it is as much fun than at the YMCA) and i went there to take a swim. First of all, there are everywhere big carpets with the inscription:

We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.

i mean, well, ok, why not. But then, when you look at the people who were there during my visit, the youngest you see is maybe as old as Mc Cain, and i don’t talk of the french fries…

 

OK, so i registrered as guest there and it took me like 138934 hours to find the lockersroom. All the lockers were pink, yeah and a big flat screen TV was showing Obamah talking of i dunno what but doing it very seriously.

Everyone is constantly talking to you, asking you how you are doing and stuff, but no one cares about your answer, this is funny but i felt a litle paranoid.

After some minutes of loosing me in the corridors to the pool, i finally reached the water. No need to say that i was alone in there…

This is the first time of my life that i got applauds when i was fisished with my kilometer… ahaha american people are funny :)

US and A

hello people!

since a couple of days; i am enjoying my vacation on the american continent. i flought last week and after like 20 hours travel between Eskilstuna and Washington, i met my good friend there. My itinerary looked like this:

Eskilstuna Arlanda, train

night at the rest and fly in Arlanda

Arlanda – Düsseldorf, flight with SAS, no sleep, no meet, early but OK

Düsseldorf – Newark flight with Lufthansa, ger,an quality. Mama mia as film in the plane and the rest of the day a girl singing “mama mia, here i go again, mama, how can i forget you?”, boooooring!

then, arrival on the US territory, no problem at the toll

then, train to Washington; a loooooooot of people in there and quite uncomfortable though the price (129 dollars for 3 hours)

then, i met my friend in Washington DC and we staid the whole week end there, seeing a lot of things and not suffering too much of the difference of time.

yesterday (sunday evening) we drove to Lynchburg where we are staying some days. i will try to upload some pics so but i think i will make the most of this work while back at home in Sweden.

Enjoy!

Washington DC

some friends of GW Bush outside of the White House

 


the president lives in a cage…

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. It was built between 1792 and 1800 in the late Georgian style.

 

Today, the White House Complex includes the Exicutive Residence (in which the First Family resides), the West Wing (the location of the Oval Office, Cabinet room and Roosevelt Room), and the East Wing (the location of the office of the First Lady and White House Social Secretary), as well as the Old executive Office Building, which houses the executive offices of the President and Vice President.

In 2007, it was ranked second on the Ameican Insitute of Architects’s List of America’s Favorite Architecture.

Source: wikipedia

 

 

Obelix et Asterix , well OK, Washington Monument in fact. It is a United States Presidential Memorial constructed to commemorate the first U.S. president, George Washington.  The monument, made ofmarble, granit and sandstone, is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 5.5 inches (169.3 m) in height. The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 but was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect’s death.  It officially opened October 9, 1888. The Washington Monument reflection can be seen in the aptly named Reflecting Pool, a rectangular pool extending to the west toward the Lincoln Memorial.

Source: wikipedia


the Capitol is just an upper half

the national mall and people jogging… The National Mall is an open-area national park in DC. It is often taken to refer to the entire area between the Lincol Memorial and the Capitol, with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center.

 

the National Museum of American History. The National Museum of American History collects, preserves and displays American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. It just opened again when we where there, it crowed of people but the exhibitions were quite uninteresting though. The poor people plyaing some music in fron of the museum were frozen and did not smile very much…

 

Jimy Hendrix plaid his version for us in our heads..

 

the Union Station, Washington DC’s train station, where i arrived on friday evening.

Washington, Capitol and Library of Congress


here You can see the whole Capitol. a big monument!

 

The United States Capitol serves as the seat of government of the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the US federal government. It is located on top of Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall.

 

In 2007, it was ranked sixth on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture by the Amreican Institute of Architects.

 

Source: wikipedia

Just beind the Capitol is the Library of Congress.

 

The Library of Congress is the de facto national libraryof the United Statesand the research arm of theUnited States Congress. It is the largest libraryin the world by shelf space and holds the largest number of books.  The Library of Congress was established by Congress in 1800 and was housed in theUnited States Capitol for most of the 19th century. Thomas Jeffersondonated his personal library in 1815 after much of the original collection had been destroyed during the War of 1812.

After a period of decline during the mid-19th century the Library of Congress began to grow rapidly in both size and
importance after the American Civil War, culminating in the construction of a separate library building and
the transference of all copyright deposit holdings to the Library.

 

During the rapid expansion of the 20th century the Library of Congress assumed a preeminent public role, becoming a “library of last resort” and expanding its mission for the benefit of scholars and the American people.

 

The Library’s primary mission is researching inquiries made by members of Congress through the Congressionql Research
Service; although it is open to the public, only legislators, Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking government officials may check out books. Through the United States Copyright Office, the Library of Congress also receives copies of every book, pamphlet, map, print, and piece of music registered in the United States. As the de facto national library, the Library of Congress promotes literacy and American literature through projects such as the American Folklife Center, American Memory, Center for the bookand Poet Laureate.

Source: wikipedia

this statue symbolises the electricity

inside of the library, hall

Washington, the Pintagone

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia. As a symbol of the US Military, “the Pentagon” is often used metonymically to refer to the Department of Defense rather than the building itself.

 

The Pentagon is one of the world’s largest office building.It houses approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel. It has five sides, five floors above ground (plus two basement levels), and five ring corridors per floor with a total of 17.5 miles (28.2 km) of corridors. The Pentagon includes a five-acre (20,000 m²)
central plaza, which is shaped like a pentagon and informally known as “ground zero”, a nickname originating during the Cold War and based on the presumption that the Soviet Union would target one or more nuclear missiles at this central location.

 

source: wikipedia

Arlington National Cimetary

More than 250 000 American war dead as well as many notable Americans are interred in these 612 acres accros the Ptomac River from Washington.

 

 

 

The Kennedys are interred here too.

 

Iwo Jima

Better known as Iwo Jima, the United States Marine Corps War Memorial is located near to the National Cimetary. Honoring Marines who gave their lives since the corps was formed in 1755, the statue is based on Joe Rosendahl’s Pulitzer PRize winning photography of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising a flag atop Mt Suribachi on the Japanese Island of Iwo Jima on Februari 19th, 1945.