The National Mall

One of our Spring Break student service groups is in Washington, DC for the week. Their blog has a story worth sharing:

OK, I’m going to write about this before someone else does. That way you get the facts, and not some exaggerated story. So, last night we decided we were going to go out to eat…I, thinking that the National Mall was a real mall with shopping and the like, suggested we go there. 7 people thought it was a good idea. 7!

We took the Metro down to the Mall area and started walking…we walked probably a mile (in the rain mind you), past the Department of Commerce and the Washington Monument (it looked SO cool!), and no one said a word. Finally, someone (I think it was Denton) asked if we were going to eat somewhere. I said, “Yes, as soon as we find the mall.”

At this point, about 4 people come out of the wordwork, telling me we were in the mall already. I was like, “What? Where are all the stores then?” People started laughing at me. Apparently, the National Mall doesn’t have any stores…it’s just a bunch of monuments and a reflecting pool…No shopping, and more importantly, no food. And remember, 7 people agreed to go to the Mall for dinner!


I have 2 things to say about this. First, who names it the “National Mall” if it’s not a MALL???? That’s ridiculous, and frankly, pretty confusing. Second, if half the group knew this already, how come no one said a word while we were walking around???

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to The National Mall

  1. Chase says:

    I’m a bit speechless…

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