Trip Start Nov 02, 2007
63Trip End May 16, 2008
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I arrived on the train later than expected but suited me. I got in at 9am and collected my bags and made my way to the metro to begin my mission to the hostel. I felt really silly with so many bags but it made the journey much cheaper and it saved me money! I got to the hostel which is more like a home, which is really nice. You have to take your shoes off and theres a nice sofa with tv and free internet. After updating my blog I had a shower and headed downtown. I saw the White House, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Reflecting Pool which is the scene for Forrest Gump, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial, then I walked to Capitol Hill. After playing tourist I headed into chinatown and had sweet and sour chicken for dinner. I was walking through the city and loads of people were wearing red. They were all going to Washinton Capitol Hockey Game. Seemed pretty big and important and I fitted in because I had put on a red top
I got the bus home and chilled out at the hostel. Sleep in a nice comfy bed tonight!
Wednesday 23rd April 2008
I had a bit of a lie in then went and booked my accomodation and transport to Philadelphia. I booked the Chinatown bus which is 15 dollars, much less than greyhound and amtrak. I then headed to Georgetown which is the university area in Washington. Whilst waiting for the bus a television crew was filming near the gas station behind me so I asked what they were filming about. They were shooting a story for Fox 5 about a soup kitchen who were praying at the gas station for cheaper gas because the price has increased so much. The reporter invited me to a little event at the studios later in the day and gave me directions. Exciting! So I got on the bus to Georgetown. It is a really pretty area and I started talking to this old guy on a bike by the river. It was a nice conversation and he said I was a good ambassador for England! haha! After walking around the canal and enjoying the sunshine. It is surprisingly hot here which is nice. I then headed to Fox but John, the reporter, wasn't back from shooting so I waited in a bar where I was bought a hot chocolate by a kind lady who turned out to work with John and was going to the same thing as me
Thursday 24th April 2008
I got up way too early for my liking today and the showers were busy so I had to rush to get to Wmata (Washington Metro American Transit Administration) for 9am
Friday 25th April 2008
I had to get up early but fell asleep again to be woken up by Doug's call to say we were leaving in 25 mins. I rushed around then we headed to the studio and I waited for John to come in. We headed out on a story about new ways of checking in at the airport, on blackberrys etc. We interviewed and got some shots at the airport then headed back to the station. John created the script indicating what he wants for when it's edited. Then Doug edited it and finished about 5pm and it was on the news at 5.15pm. Really great experience and opportunity. In the evening fox were having drinks at Chadwick's, a bar down the road, so we went down there and then Doug and I headed to Adams Morgan (called something like that), and went to bar where a live band were playing. Had a little dance then headed home. Exhausted!!