Tea with the president...

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

We needed to catch an early commuter train out of New York to Washington, but we didn't think about the rush hour pandamodium! Now trying to carry these bags is hard enough, but doing it on New Yorks Subway was just crazy. Think the central line at 08:30 and double the amount of people. We were definitely the most unpopular people on the train that morning, with people literally pushing us off at each station. We haven't been so relieved to get to our destination than ever before!

The original plan was to catch a train from New York to Washington, see the 'sights' in 5 hours and catch a connecting train to Chicago. But after talking to the 2 scousers we met in Niagra, we changed our minds and decided to travel to New Orleans for a day. Only a mere few thousand, and 36 hour, detour. We would stay the night in New Orleans before catching another train in the following afternoon back up to Chicago, (only another 24 hour train journey). It all sounded so easy! To put it another way it would be like me catching a train to Cyprus, staying the night, before catching another non stop train back! New Orleans better be good!

We arrived at Washington on time and after a few hours had visited all the sights it had to offer! We headed for Capital Hill first, the big dome building that looks like St. Pauls. Not particularly interesting. Then the White House, the reflection pool where Martin Luther King did his "i have a dream speech" and finally the needle thing! Not to sure its significance as like most sights in Washington, it had the builders in so access was denied!
Washington literally the most boring city we had been to so far! All the buildings were identical and all the same colour with the only good thing being the abundance of parks. It would be a great place for next years Glastonbury although i'm not to sure how happy George would be about that. Personally I would hate to live in this city, but to be honest, Washington was like what we expected, hence why we had only given ourselves 5 hours here, but the thing is we had seen all the sights and still had 3 hours to kill. There's only so much frisbee you can play before that gets boring!

Luckily we found a free Museum on our map, the newly opened Holocaust museum, so headed for that. We were shocked how tight the security was just for a museum. It really was easier to get into the country than getting into this museum!

As you can imagine this wasn;t the happiest of museum's and we like most people felt a bit depressed and suicide after leaving! It had everything you could ever want to know about the holocaust included many video's of bodies being thrown in graves, not surprisingly it was an over 14 exhibition!

True to form we still nearly missed our train spending to much time in the shops 'Killing time'. But as always we made just made it and was ushered to our seats with a few tuts from the attendants. We were getting used to this now!

I got a few emails saying where the joke of day was on the last entry... sorry here are 2 to make up for it.

Joke of the Day

Cliff jump

A blonde and a brunette both jumped off a cliff at the same time. Which made it to the ground first?

The brunette because the blonde had to stop and ask for directions.

Joke of the Day 2

Clever Teacher

A high school English teacher reminds her class of tomorrow's final exam.

"Now class, I won't tolerate any excuses for you not being there tomorrow. I might consider a nuclear attack or a serious personal injury or illness, or a death in your immediate family, but that's it, no other excuses whatsoever."

A smart ass guy in the back of the room raises his hand and asks, "What would you say if tomorrow I said I was suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?"

The entire class does its best to stifle their laughter and snickering. When silence is restored, the teacher smiles sympathetically at the student, shakes her head, and sweetly says, "Well, I guess you'd have to write the exam with your other hand."
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