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04/17/2014

Spring!

 

When I arrived in Washington and bought a scooter everyone claimed that it is a great idea. They said winters in DC are usually short and without snow. All I can say, it’s false. We had a quite interesting winter. Weather was changing every week, sometimes during the weekend temperature will rise up to 16 degrees and sunny, but then Monday it’s snowing for 24 hours non-stop. Government in DC does not work on snow days and we had a lot of them. It was three weeks in a row when on Mondays we had snow days, however by the end of the week it would all melt.

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But let’s forget winter its now behind us and spring has arrived to Washington.

Spring is wonderful here - many people complain that during summer the temperature gets too high and due to high humidity summer are not easy. Even so, I never complain about hot weather. Spring is wonderful even for those people. It’s sunny every day, the temperature increased dramatically and every day we are having 24 – 28 degrees. During this season the streets are full of tourist and city becomes alive. I would like to share with you two wonderful things I explored in DC early this spring.

Baseball

Baseball season just started and as I am big sports fan, but have no clue about American sports so I had to visit a baseball game. I went to a Washington Nationals game against Atlanta, only the second game of the season. It was still a bit chilly to sit in the stadium that evening, however, the feeling was wonderful and the stadium grass was so green. The players did a great job hitting a few home runs and and a Submarine dive horn has blared after every Nationals home run and win—a nod to the park's location in Navy Yard. But the biggest impression left on me was from the stadium. I have to admit that Americans know how to build and place facilities like stadiums. Nationals stadium “Nationals Park” is huge, able to host up to 42 thousand fans and the park has a massive screen 31 meter long and 14 meter high where every player is introduced by his own song. I walked around the stadium to see how it’s to watch a game from different angles and from everywhere the view was fantastic. National’s stadium is also placed on the waterfront and if view of Marina, bridges and if the Anascostia river is not enough for you on the other sides you can enjoy great view at the Washington monument, Capitol Hill, or even Sakura trees. Just in case you don’t know why Washington is famous city, mascots of Presidents run during the break will refresh your memory and put a smile on your face.

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Cherry Blossoms

The Washington DC waterfront, not far from the national mall and Jefferson memorial, is surrounded by Sakura cherry trees which were gifted to DC by Japan. The trees not only establish a spectacular view, but also offer an amazing story.  The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages. Japan gifted 3,020 cherry trees to the US which took 7 years (1913-1920) to plant along the Potomac river. On December 11, 1941 four cherry trees were cut down in suspected retaliation for the Japanese attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The exact reason for the vandalism was never was substantiated. In hopes of preventing future damage during the Second World War, the trees were referred to as the "Oriental" flowering cherry trees. However, in 1965 the Japanese Government made another generous gift of 3,800 Yoshino trees to another first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was devoted to the beautification of Washington. American-grown this time, many of these are planted on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Lady Bird Johnson and Mrs. Ryuji Takeuchi, wife of Japan's Ambassador, re-enacted the planting ceremony of 1912.

Cherry Blossom Festival Washington DC 2014

Cherry-Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are really wonderful it’s even hard to describe their beauty. If you live close to Washington DC I strongly advise you to book a trip for the cherry blossom season, it’s something you cannot miss.

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