Day out in DC
Trip Start May 24, 2009
22Trip End Nov 05, 2009
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Was my day off and the first of our two trips to DC over the course of the Summer. The camp bus dropped us of at the Vienna Metro station, which is on the border of Virginia and Maryland (there being little to no public transport in West Virginia) and we caught the underground into DC, arriving at about 10am.
We walked a little and managed to end up at the White House.
Quite a few people in the group were surprised at how small it was (relatively), until one of the American's who was with us pointed out that we were actually at the back, not the front, which is why it didn't look like anyone expected! After that we walked around the block to get to the front, although that actually involved a 20 minute walk! There were crowds but not as bad as I was expecting, and I got the obligatory tourist photo of me there.
After the White House we headed up towards the Washington Monument, we did debate climbing it (you can climb up the inside) but the weather was oppressively hot (the type of heat you get in cities, with all the pollution) so I didn't really fancy climbing a large stone obelisk!
Instead of the memorial we got a taxi to Georgetown, which is the 'fashionable' shopping area, where we stopped for some lunch.
Georgetown was fun, it has some nice shops and possibly the fanciest shopping centre I've ever seen, along with some tacky souvenir shops (of course, we spent equal time in both)! Rather randomly, three of us decided to get our eyebrows waxed, and found this weird little Chinese salon where we paid $12 each to get it done. They looked great when they were done, if a little red!
Really looking forward to heading back to DC in the coming weeks, and again after camp!