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  • Day15

    Tour of the Capitol

    November 14, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    We did a tour of the US Capitol building in the afternoon and it was fantastic. It is a beautiful building with a lot of history. The dome that sits on top took 11 years to contruct and sits 88 meters high.

  • Day151

    Congress is in Session!

    November 15, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    We had an amazing day in Washington DC! Started with our tour inside the Whitehouse- East Wing, then walked down the grassed Mall with memorials and monuments, quick trip into the Smithsonian Institute and through to the Capitol building for our tour- an amazing and beautiful building. In the Capitol building where the US Government sits, we were able to sit in on both a session in The Senate and also Congress. Late afternoon over to the Library of Congress just before it was closing-we happened to be in the lift with a gentleman from the library on his way out and so he was wonderful and took Meaghan, Bek and I on our own personal little tour!- highlight of the day!!Read more

  • Day322

    Washington DC

    August 30, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Nach einer Busfahrt über Nacht sind wir in Zentrum der Macht angekommen. Von hier aus regiert noch Präsident Obama die USA. Besonders am Weißen Haus mangelt es an Sicherheitskräften nicht weiter, so wurden selbst wir auf dem Bürgersteig abgewiesen. Jedoch gab es noch eine Menge anderes Zeug zu sehen und zu unserem Glück hatten alle Museen etc. bei der extremen Hitze eine Klimaanlage. Apropo Museen, davon gibt's ausreichend hier und alle sind zudem noch kostenlos. Drei davon haben wir sogar geschafft.
    Am Abend haben wir wie üblich in deutscher Runde im Hostel zusammen gesessen und ein Bierchen getrunken. Als die Nachtruhe in Hostel immer näher rückte, lockte uns der Besitzer mit kostenlosen Bier außer Haus ... war ein schöner letzter Abend in DC.
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  • Day15

    White House

    November 14, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    We did a White House tour and got to hang out with Trump while Melania made us grilled cheese. We got to see quite a few historical rooms in the mansion but nothing too juicy.

  • Day14

    A monumental day in Washington DC

    November 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Monuments and memorials in DC including the Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jnr, Korean War, Lincoln and Einstein. They are all spectacular and very majestic.

  • Day23

    Washington DC

    May 12, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    We woke to a solid breakfast courtesy of our hostel, which has a ritual that guests greet staff with a 'good morning' in a language other than English. Alex eager to finally put his D in GCSE German to good use, fired off 'Guten Tag', only to realise that it is in fact 'Guten Morgan'. Fail.

    The next day was better, eager to redeem himself, Alex got in early with 'Buenos Dias'. He was so convincing the staff member tried to communicate further with us in Spanish thinking Alex was in fact Spanish. Ole!

    It was another hot and humid day out on the streets of Washington. We knew we'd arrived at the White House even before seeing the building because of the watchful security and tourist crowds. Snipers on the roof, K-9 dog teams, guns, body armour and of course - sunglasses surrounding the white shining walls of the the President's residence.

    We strolled around the great lawn of the Eclipse as sunglass-toting men with 'secret service' stitched on their body armour rode past on bicycles. Before us towered the obelisk of the Washington Monument with clouds brewing around its pinnacle. You can go to the top of the monument but the tickets for the day had gone by the time we arrived. Many historical attractions and museums in Washington are free to the public which is great but unfortunately we are not staying in Washington long enough to fully appreciate this.

    We walked down the Mall as a slight breeze lapped the water of the reflecting pool with the Lincoln Memorial growing in size as we approached. Inside the raised stone temple sits a marble statue of the man enshrined by engravings of his Gettesburg Address and his Second Inaugural Speech.

    These engraved speeches give reference to 'one nation under God', a need for 'freedom' and that 'it may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces'.

    However the sense of optimism raised from this fanfare of success is muted when you realise that nearly 100 years later, in 1963, Martin Luther King stood on the very steps of the memorial to deliver his 'I Have A Dream' speech due to the significant short comings in this ideology.

    We walked the short distance to the memorial that now stands to Martin Luther King. His likeness carved out of milky stone, arms crossed, looking out across the waters of the tidal basin. Quotes of Dr King's own speeches are carved in a dark stone wall behind his figure, one reading -

    'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy' (25th February 1967, Los Angeles)

    We later joined a free tour of the city's African American history from our hostel. It took us to the home of Duke Ellington and other buildings of significance in the area around U street, which until the boom of Harlem in the 1920s was the largest African American community in the U.S. We finished the tour at the landmark Ben's Chilli Bowl where previous patrons include Bill Cosby and Barrack Obama. Sitting in the diner, with its walls displaying memorabilia and a jukebox playing Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson, we tucked into the signature dish of chilli half-smoke (hot dog in a bun with mustard and chilli served over the top and a side of crinkle crisps).
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  • Day7

    Montreal to Washington DC

    November 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Much of today was spent waiting around for flights, taxis etc. Our flight was delayed by an hour, and then we had to wait while they de-iced the wings (not that I am complaining - safety first always). We left chilly Montreal and the snow, and landed in sunny and mild Washington DC. The drive downtown tour hotel was during “rush hour”, so it took a while. We were impressed by how clean and well set out the roads were - especially having just come from Montréal, where there is major roadworks happening everywhere.

    After checking into the Sofitel, we decided to take a bit of a walk to check out the surrounding area, and also build up our steps for the day. We saw the White House (smaller grounds than I imagined), walked past Department of Treasury, The Ellipse, Washington Monument, and the Federal Triangle, and then looked for somewhere to eat. The first couple of restaurants we tried were packed, with 40 minutes waiting time - I was surprised they were so busy for a Monday night. We finally found a place near our hotel - Woodward Table - which was very good. Tomorrow we plan to visit a number of museums at the Smithsonian, and then visit a number of memorials. We are really excited to finally make it to Washington DC.
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  • Day1352

    USA Tour - Washington

    November 24, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Much more relaxed day today, woke up at 10am to watch the Liverpool v Watford game (we won 3-0) after that I went to check out some museums - the African American history museum and the American history museum. Both are well worth a visit and they’re both huuuuge! But the time I had done those 2 it was almost 5pm at which time most of the museums close so I decided to go get a drink by the capital one arena as I had NBA tickets for the Washington Wizards later on. Came across an Irish bar by the stadium. It was shit but it was better than nothing and after a 25 minute walk in the pouring rain anything was better than nothing. Had a few beers then went over to the area to watch my first NBA game.

    Verdict; it’s not for me

    From being charged almost $15 for a beer to $15 for a hot dog and some fries to watching a game which stopped every few minutes the overall experience just wasn’t for me. The game didn’t get good till the final 2 quarters and even then it was pedestrian at best in terms of pace of the game. However I would recommend it if you’re ever in the states, it’s a different experience from any football or rugby game I’ve ever been to.
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Washington, D.C., Ουάσιγκτον, WAS, 워싱턴 D.C., Vasingtonia, Vašingtonas, Waszyngton, 20001, Вашингтон

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