Most of my family immigrated to the US during the 1960′s through 1980′s. My father’s eldest brother first arrived in Washington for college, transferred to U. of Illinois and settled in Chicago. So, my father’s side of the family eventually followed to Chicago but ended up spreading out to most of North East region. Whereas, my mom’s side of the family eventually ended up in California as my mom’s elder brother first settled in San Francisco, and the rest of her family followed.
That’s how my family got situated in both sides of the country. However, because of my mom, I stayed in the West Coast and very rarely got to see my relatives who are on the East Coast. With some vacation time coming, I planned to visit my father’s eldest brother to get to know them again for me as well as for my father’s side of the family to get to know Ellis and Mia. So, this trip was as much as about getting a bit of rest and relaxation as well as getting to see cousins I haven’t seen in decades as well as some I am meeting for the first time.
My cousin, who I met for the first time during this trip, went to school and eventually started her career in Maryland, hence the rest of her immediate family relocated here. And, that’s how we ended up here for vacation. We spent our first full day at the nation’s capital, our second day at Brookside Gardens, our third day at the National Aquarium which is located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and we visited Ellicot City on our fourth day. On our final full day, cousin David visited, and we spent the day in the yard.
The National Aquarium + Inner Harbor
First Floor _ Entrance
Second Floor _ Shallow Reef
Top Floor _ Jungle