After country capitals all over- the capital of US

Trip Start Jun 03, 2009
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Trip End Sep 18, 2009


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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Funny, I visited something like 15 capitals all over the world, and now I visit the capital of the country I live in.

I did visit Washington D.C. when I was 2 or something similar of an age where memories do not quite form yet.  Now I am 21 and perfectly capable of forming and retaining memories (hopefully).

Yesha and I slept in until 11:30ish and microwaved our foods from last night.  Oooh, it's so nice to sleep in and hang out with an old friend.  We agreed that a touristy adventure is a must.  We started walking towards the National Mall.  When she started naming all the memorials we will be seeing, I was slightly worried... that many memorials, seriously?  But she said they were all really close together, and they were!  The Korean War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam War memorials, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Smithsonian, the National Gallery were all in a neat little line/circle

Some reactions. 

1) The statue of Abram Lincoln is as big as I thought it would be, but I had imagined it to be more to the front and out in the sun. 
2) There are a LOT of tourists in DC, mostly families.  Yesha told me about the crazy times during inauguration.  I wonder how crowded it will be over the 4th of July weekend!
3) The memorials were more like parks than solemn, grave places, and I prefer it this way.
4) I absolutely loved the one Smithsonian museum I went to-- Natural Sciences, I think?  The one with the Hope Diamond!  Speaking of which, I thought the Hope Diamond would be much bigger... The movie Blood Diamond made it seem like there are so many diamonds the size of my head, but I guess not.
5) I also loved that the museums were FREE.  What a wonderful establishment, the Smithsonian Institute.
6) The National Gallery of Art was pretty impressive.  Saw a few paintings I recognized.
7) I am so proud of our capital city.

After the National Gallery, we realized we had walked about 5 miles in the heat and retreated to ABP for late lunch.  We then met up with her friends at a Japanese place called Nooshi for happy hour.  Good times, good times :)

After some rest, we headed out to explore the night life in DC!  Oh, it was soo fun.  DC is definitely not the grey, stoic city I had imagined.  It is nice to be in a big, big city.  This is my natural habitat.
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