Day 42, 43 & 44: We love Washington DC

Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
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Trip End Sep 27, 2008


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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Washington DC is fantastic! Why doesn't everybody rave about it?? Or maybe they do, and we just never noticed, but Matt and I agree that it's probably one of our top 1 or 2 places visited, not at all what we expected.[We were thinking dangers and annoyances on every corner, humidity to unbearable levels, and crowds of people making movement through the city slow and difficult, none of which existed.]  Hopefully it's because we haven't grown up identifying with the images that make this city so familiar (I hate to think it's just plain ignorance), but we were sure we'd spotted the Capitol building on our way into town (turned out to be the Jefferson memorial), and we were surprised to be informed by Aviva which president's face we were looking at - it was George Washington. We were at a loss for words when she asked us which President came between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but that was on day 1 in the city, and we are happy to note that we now know the answer and much, much more about American history and politics. Daniel however still hasn't replaced George Washington at the Capitol, the name George Bush to him seems to belong somewhere in the garden. When asked what their favourite memory of DC is, the boys agreed the duck whistle they were given exiting the amphibious duck tour was their all time stand out, as well as the boat going from land to water. That I can understand from Daniel, it was kind of cool, but Tom was asleep. Aviva was impressed by the Lincoln memorial, although I think it probably had more to do with us finally getting there after a very long walk from alighting at the wrong Metro station. She was also pretty impressed to see the Treasury building matched up to the back of the $10 bill and when she realized that there was money making going on at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing she suggested more than once that we should just go in and get the (accumulated) $3 she is owed for being first to sleep last night. Matt jokes it was making me get up in front of a crowded Hard Rock Cafe audience to have a birthday Shout Out, something I would have flatly refused had he not got the kids so excited about me participating. Overall, it's been a great few days and despite not seeing a motorcade, or the flags flying above either the Senate or House of Representatives, or even a very big demonstration; the sense of importance about where we are and what we are seeing first hand, is still impressive.
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