Some Museums and an old friend

Trip Start Sep 18, 2009
Trip End Dec 20, 2012

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Today I walked from Ranajoy's house, in the beautiful sunny weather, towards the mall. It's about a 20 minute or so walk, through beautiful neighborhoods filled with row houses and nice parks.

The first stop I made was the Postal Museum (one of the many, many free excellent Smithsonian museums).  I'm quite sure I didn't visit this one last time I was around, and it was quite interesting.  It narrated the history of the US Postal Service and how it's participated during the war, how they chose the new Post Office Cars after lots of testing, among other things.  They had a great stamp collection, where I saw some old Peruvian stamps and some cool ancient letters.

Anyways, after the Postal Museum I headed down the walkway in the Mall and entered the amaaaazing National Art Gallery, which is a huuuuuge building filled with amazing works of art, including Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Raphael, and the only Leonardo DaVinci in the Western hemisphere.

I took a bit longer than expected, so I went ahead and walked to the nearest metro station to go meet up with my old friend Amy, by the Foggy Bottom station, at the George Washington Campus.  I met Amy while both of us were teaching in South Korea, and she's currently doing her masters in International Education here in DC.  It was really nice to see her after quite a while, and have lunch with her and just catch up.

Then, I went up north on the metro to Summer Heights, to check out some stuff at Best Buy and Target.  I finally got some good long johns for the cold winter coming for me in Europe, as well as some tshirts (which I mistakingly only brought 2 or 3, and wanted more to change into).  I also (yay) finally fiiiinally got some new tennis shoes.  My old adidas were WAY too worn out and falling apart, so I got me some Champion running type shoes, for a good price too.  SO much more comfier than before.. :p

After shopping, I went ahead and came back home to Ranajoy's place and relaxed a bit, uploaded pictures and that's about it for the day.  Tomorrow I hope to maybe walk around a bit more, enjoying the amazing museums.


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