Thursday, July 29, 2010

Exploring Washington, D.C.

Here is the latest video of pictures of the SERVEants! Day 5 and Day 6 are combined due to time restraints from participating in a poverty dinner last night.

Yesterday was the third day of work, and although the kids were really beginning to bond with their small groups, they were also really beginning to look forward to their day away to various parts of the nation's capitol. After a hard day of work, we headed over to the Silver Spring CRC where each kid received 75 cents to buy their dinner. Small groups pooled their money together, headed over to the supermarket, and bought some combination of ramen, spaghetti, hot dogs, and mac and cheese, and tried to warm them on the camp stoves. The kids experienced some of the difficult decisions that poor families have to make every day. After worship and a powerful message from Gil, we headed over to a local pool to cool off before bed.

Today, the SERVANTS headed out on metro to downtown DC to see the sites. Some folks signed up for the "cosmopolitan" tour of Georgetown where they enjoyed Georgetown Cupcakes as featured on Food Network and shopping in the upscale stores that line the Potomac River. Others opted to head to the new baseball stadium to see the Washington Nationals top the Atlanta Braves 5-3. The majority of the group made their way over to the Smithsonian metro stop on the national mall and strolled through the monuments (Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, FDR, WWII, and Vietnam) and perused the museums (Holocaust, American History, Natural History, Air and Space, and others). It wouldn't be a DC SERVE activity without a little thunder, lightning, and rain which soaked the tourists and delayed the baseball game mid afternoon. Once again, power outages interrupted metro service leading one SERVANT to say "DC really doesn't do well with storms."

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