Washington DC

Trip Start Dec 29, 2006
Trip End Jun 26, 2007

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Hi again

The past week has yet again been a fun filled week. I'll probably forget to write everything I do, but I'll do my best to fill you in on the good parts.

Tuesday night last week we went to the Laugh Factory. It's a stand-up comedy club that's pretty famous. Many of the famous comedians have been there, however there was no one famous the night we were there. We strategically sat a few rows back so that we didn't get picked on by the comedians, and I'm glad we did as every comedian seemed to have a joke about the people in the front row. It was a great night and very funny.

Wednesday night we all went to see Blood Diamonds, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it's a great movie about war lords from Sierra Leone funding there militia by mining and selling diamonds on the black market. It's definitely eye opening, a bit like Hotel Rwanda.

On the weekend 8 of us went to Washington DC. We had a fantastic time down there. We saw the Washington Monument, Capitol Building, White House, Lincoln & WW2 Memorials and many more. The museums there are great and they are also free. The big one is the Air & Space Museum which is just so huge you would have to spend a day there to thoroughly go through it. The National Archives museum had the original Magna Carta. It's the document that formed the foundation for our current legal system and was written in 1297, so over 700 years ago! It was very well preserved but the language was very different from modern English so I was unable to read it. The original American Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights were also there. I also went to the Natural History Museum (the quite unspectacular, although rare, Hope Diamond is there; but there are many jewels around it that are amazing) and the National Art Gallery which has some awesome art. While I'm not an art buff, it was pretty cool to see art from Rembrandt, Raphael and Da Vinci.

On the Saturday night we went to Adams Morgan, which is a district in Washington that has many clubs and pubs. We went to Tom Toms, which was recommended to us. It was great, and the drinks were well priced as well (US$4 a beer). There are about 8 different colleges in central Washington so there are so many young people.

One thing that I did learn on the weekend is that a reservation is not a reservation. I booked 3 hotel rooms with 2 double beds each on the net, however a booking (with a deposit) does not mean that you will get the room you booked (that's what the hotel said!). We ended up getting some different rooms because the rooms we booked were being used. We also booked a Greyhound bus from Washington DC to NY for 5pm, but again, a booking does not mean anything as you are not guaranteed a seat. The 5pm bus was full because people had got on the bus before us. There appears to be no limit to the number of tickets they can sell for one bus. We had to wait for an hour for the next bus, and consequently there were many people who did not got on that bus either. Customer service in this country is awful, I could write for ages about that. Nevertheless, we went with the flow and had a great time in Washington DC.

I'll talk to you all later.
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