Washington DC - The Capitol
Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
21Trip End Oct 08, 2010
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We made our way to our next B&B, owned by Emil Ali and situated in a predominantly black neighbourhood north of Capitol Hill itself .Barbie certainly had reservations while waiting outside the house for our host to arrive, but seeing it had been approved by Airb&b, we felt it had to be OK and it is. Emil is a bachleor & he is still renovating the place and doing it up very nicely--if not slightly over the top. It is quite safe, so far!, It does mean a bit of walking to either the subway or bus stop,which in this heat, seems far. The transport system is very different to NY's in that you pay per ride or buy one day tickets which are expensive
The taxi system is far worse - you pay $3 as you start your journey, then so much per kilometer thereafter plus you must add an amount of $1.50 per additional passenger and $0.50 per item of luggage. We experienced this when we arrived and caught a taxi to our B&B - it cost us all of $15 including tip for a quick 10 minute ride!! Double NY prices!! The metro is very clean and far more modern than NY. --although we are told a bit unreliable! Buildings, too, appear cleaner and newer and the whole of Washington feels spacious---especially when you are walking!!!!. One thing that really gets us down, both here and in NY, are the continual sirens from ambulances and particularly fire engines. Cant believe they are all rushing off to fires!!
It is amazing how slow you are to learn as you grow older - we were standing on the street corner between R street and H street having just come to the surface from the subway and we were trying to orientate ourselves so that we could walk back to our B&B when a stranger approached us and asked if she could help us with directions - which we were obviously delighted about. This is not the first time this has happened both here & NY - we suddenly realized that it was because we looked & dressed the part of very typical tourists lost in a strange land. Camera, heavy bag, floppy hat, shorts, slops and a very bewildered expression - it works a treat!!
Washington is very different to NY being the seat of government. The city centre consists of big colonial style monoliths filling entire city blocks housing various government departments such as department of labour, housing etc, and a whole lot of museums
Security is very tight. It is a regular occurrence to see Nick taking off his belt and looking as though he is about to strip.!!
We now leave for Denver with some relief, as the past 10 days has been a hard slog walking and touring various sights in NY and Washington DC - we hope to get away from this heat for a while by being up at altitude in the Rockies in Denver - the mile high city.
See ya'all later!