SpringHill Suites Fairfax
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... does make for a huge foyer area that is just a meeting place.
After the museums I got out of the cold, though not before spotting a police/FBI car. Is that not just a car with an identity crisis? It was movie night at the hostel, and though that seemed to involve just watching the comedy channel it passed the time. As people disappeared from the too-small living room, I gradually upgraded from hard chair through edge of sofa to proper seat. Good for my sense of progress.
... very friendly.
The building used to be a bank with the toilets in the basement/vault which was reached by an elevator. They had some great photos of past times and also of bank ledgers in the vault which were very interesting.
Back to the hotel to do some washing. Talked to a man delivering Pizza who told us the World Series Baseball game was on tonight and we should watch it. Don't think it will be high on our list of priorities ...
... and feed Micah. After lunch we walk up to the White House and manage to stand right by the gates to get our pictures taken. Over the last couple of weeks viewing was from across the road and not at the gates so we were lucky. We the take the long walk around all the memorials.
First up past the Washington tower thingy, which was covered in scaffolding due to the earthquake a couple of years ago, then onto the World War 2 memorial, past ...
... br> will hear from soldiers who served on both sides of the 1948 War of
This is a dual narrative tour, run by a unique tour company called MEJDI
(Middle East Justice and Development Initiative). The company’s
founders work at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict
Resolution, at George Mason University in Virginia, which is dedicated
to promoting peace and understanding in the Middle East. ...
... writing the following, or suggest you skip ahead, because I think it's important. Hopefully it doesn't just come across as preachy, though I'm not sure the writing's good enough to qualify as sermonic.
The flight time from Austin, TX to Washington, DC is 2 hrs 48 minutes. Last Monday this journey took me 12 hours. Up at 6am, I got dropped off at the airport just after 7 to catch an 11 o'clock to Newark, then a 4.30 to Baltimore, then ...