Washington DC

Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
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Friday, November 2, 2007

I arrived in Wahington DC mid-morning in need of more sleep after catching my First greyhound night bus from Boston. For those who are considering Greyhounding it around North America, don't listen to all the negative hype about this bus service, my first two trips have been enjoyable with reasonable friendly passengers. Also booking your ticket 7 days in advance can result in a 50% discount.

So I arrived at the HI Washington DC hostel before check-in time, at the reception desk I got a few grunts from the receptionist and a finger pointing me in the vague directions to the locker room, all in the process of never raising here head from watching the TV. Another example, all women can multitask with ease. Maybe it was a riveting TV show but the lack of any signs signifying the clocks go back one hour for winter is inexcusable and as a result I got out of bed far too early for my liking. Otherwise it's a reasonably clean hostel but I advise bringing a fork as there is a severe fork shortage in the kitchen.

I did the usually sightseeing stuff -e.g., the White House, Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson Memorial, Capital Hill, the Korean and Vietnamese War Memorial. Although in my opinion the most underrated memorial is Roosevelt Memorial Park. A combination of pink granite blocks, flowing water, copper statues and some inspirational quotes that George Bush Jnr should read regarding his foreign policies. Of all the US cities I have been too so far Washington DC is one of my favourite with the historic marble buildings and the lack of skyscrapers however best of all is that most things are free here including a few museums, a real backpackers haven.

Examples of a few Roosevelt quotes
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During my last afternoon in Washington DC I had a game of Ultimate Frisbee on the grassy Mall, with some youths from the local church. Unfortunately my team lost probably not helped by my slack marking of the 5 ft tall, 15 year old girl and my hapless catching ability. That evening I was invited to their church congregation for the holy communion and hymn singing but unlike a UK church where a goblet of wine is pass around the congregation, here you are all given wine in a small plastic shot glass. I just hope that they recycle all that plastic and buck the trend with the throwaway culture seen all over the US.

On my last night in Washington DC I stumble across my first real crazy American. His beliefs were that Jesus Christ was a Muslim instead of a Jew and had blonde hair instead of brown. Maybe that could be the hidden reason for the medieval crusades . Luckily I wasn't stuck with him long as I caught another night bus to the Georgian city of Atlanta.
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