Visiting Washington D.C. would be incomplete without your having to take a photo of the 555 feet obelisk known as the Washington Monument. I in particular had numerous photos and selfies of it on my phone.
To further submerge a traveler’s visit, it seems a must to learn further about this monument dedicated to the first president of the most powerful country on the planet. One fact I learned is that no structure is allowed to be built around Washington D.C. that shall be higher than this monument. Another is that it made of marble, granite and sandstone. Like numerous number of photos I took, there are also numerous facts and interesting anecdotes about this monument.
But while trying to think of what to write/post about this magnificent monument, I come to realize how come I am so excited and appreciative of such a structure when back home in the Philippines there is also a similar and equally important monument that I have not written about. And that I actually do not even own a single photo of such monument known as the Rizal Monument built in honor of my country’s National Hero, Jose Rizal.
Is it because the former is stateside which is hard and difficult to reach while the latter is so local that I can have a photo with anytime I want? Is it because Washington Monument is so grand, upscale and massive that it is so awe-inspiring as compared to the smaller in size Rizal Monument? Does my writing subtly signify my wanting to project that I am like the cool guy who travels a lot? Or is it because I am so freaking “mayabang” (airhead and conceited) that I’d rather feature a monument far far away that entails a lot to reach than that of the easily accessible structure? And why am I allowing this somewhat dishonor to my country?
Well I guess the answer to all these lies on the fact that it is just but human not to highlight the acknowledgement and appreciation of something usual and easily accessible or of an experience that usually occurs. Admit it! Rare and unusual circumstances are usually more memorable and are highlighted in our lives. You, I guess would not highlight featuring the a nearby rub-down park you grew up playing at on your Facebook or Instagram account but once you spent an overnight stay at a luxury hotel which seldom occurs, such experience is posted and highlighted right away on your social media account.
Moments like seeing and experiencing the Washington Monument is not an everyday occurrence for an ordinary folk like me. Besides it takes a lot to see it personally if you are coming from the other side of the world. It takes money, time, effort, courage and even a lot of luck to see and get there.
I’m pretty sure Washington D.C. locals would feel ordinary and usual toward their big centerpiece of obelisk. And I am sure that they are craving and would look forward to a memorable powdery white sand tropical beach experience in the Philippines and will take all opportunity and luck on checking out the Rizal Monument in Manila.
But if you my dear reader think I’m simply bragging, well, you are also half correct! Hahaha! You can say whatever you want. And yeah I am bragging and yes I am the dude who wants to look sooo cool! Hahaha! The only thing that I can say then is “I hope you enjoy reading my post as well as that of seeing my photos”.
Ang Yabang! Gusto ko ngang iuwi ang monumentong ‘yan! Haler…