Monumental amounts of sightseeing
Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
137Trip End Nov 08, 2010
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So you know how we finally made it to DC, because you've been reading the blog (haven't you? HAVEN'T YOU?) and you can probably figure out how tired we were the next day. The 3 hours jetlag was worse than the 12 hours jetlag from Adelaide to Santiago! But we dragged ourselves out of bed, and found maps and bus routes and attractions. Getting on the bus was interesting... we were the only two white people on the bus at any given time over the next couple of days, which was certainly a different feeling! The bus takes about an hour to get into the sightseeing part of DC, as it was the only decent-price accommodation we could find that wasn't booked for the holidays. I really think this is the only year of my life I won't like school holidays! When we finally made it in, emergency Starbucks was required for the energy to keep going.
It was raining as we left Starbucks, much to our astonishment, since we pretty much have the most awesome weather luck ever had by anyone and barely ever get rained on
We had made it to the National Archives, which was nice and dry and therefore more appealing than anything else right then, so we went to see the Declaration of Independence and the original Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as an original Magna Carta and lots of other important original documents to do with them
The problem with DC is although everything you look at is very nice and historical and important and whatever, pretty much all there is to do is walk around looking at nice important historical stuff. And almost all of it is carved stone, and lots of it is carved-stone monuments. We did walk around lots over our 2 days looking at all the nice historical important stuff, but it wasn't actually fun. It was more "oh good we've seen that" in a cross-it-off-the-list sort of way. Maybe we would be more interested if we were American history buffs with an interest in geology. Not that it was bad, just that we've done much more fun things on our trip.
In case you are an American history buff with an interest in geology, we walked around Capitol, went through the Library of Congress (Ben humors my more nerdish desires), went in the Supreme Court (we have a great photo from out the front where the perspective makes Ben look like he's almost as tall as the Supreme Court, check it out), walked down the National Mall to see the Smithsonian Institute and all the art gallery and museum buildings, went past the Whitehouse, and visited the following monuments: the Washington Monument, the WWI monument, the WWII monument (quite impressive actually, lots of fountains and columns and inscriptions), the Korean veteran's monument, the Vietnam veteran's monument, the Vietnam women's monument, and the Lincoln memorial
So consequently we agreed that we'd seen lots of nice stuff and we were glad we'd come and we jumped on a train to New York. We were also possibly less tolerant than usual because we've started a health kick, which means lots of our willpower and tolerance was used up walking past delicious junk food shops to find soups and salads. Ben has not given up his Starbucks venti mocha frappacino habit though.
Monumental amounts of love,
Amanda and Ben