Since my return to Washington DC I've been staying with the lovely Janet and the equally wonderful Brenda. Today we fulfilled one of the items on my visit wish list, which was to see the new National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian.
The museum was a great example of the new style of curating which invites the visitor to question and analyze the way history is presented. I was surprised that the exhibits included Native American groups in Latin America, and there was a lot of interesting information. For example one mini-exhibit centered on Mohawk Indian ironworkers who worked on many buildings in NYC and helped the recovery after September 11th. Privately I thought of the NMAI as the Museum of Lamanites. Maybe I'm a Lamanite too.
Afterwards I met a friend for lunch who recently returned from a month traveling around Turkey. Turkey is on the short list of countries that MoBob and I can visit together (he doesn't need a visa, and I can get one at the airport), and I would definitely like to visit again. I was in Istanbul for a meeting in 2002 and was not able to explore the city as much as I'd like, although I did hit all the major sites. It's probably one of the few places in the world where all three monotheistic religions are commemorated so vividly.