Back again for the 4th of July festivities!

Trip Start Jun 03, 2009
Trip End Sep 18, 2009

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Same itinerary as last time, except this time is a huge weekend in DC! 

The Greyhound bus was scheduled to leave at 4:15pm from Charlottesville yesterday.  My friends and I thought the traffic would be so bad that I wouldn't make it to DC until today.  It turned out that the traffic was not bad at all, and I was in DC by 7:30pm!  The bus didn't even seem overpacked.

The problem was my eyes.  They started turning all blurry, stingy, and satan red.  I was worried, really worried, so I threw my contacts away and started looking for a convenience store in the Union Station.  Then I just figured I might as well go to a CVS near my friend's apartment. 

When I got to the metro station by her apt, she took one look at me and asked what was wrong.  I took some Claritin (allergy med) and put in redness relief eye drops.  My eyes were not doing so well.

It was one of Yesha's best friends' birthday, so there were a lot of guests.  We all dressed up classy and went up to the rooftop for dinner and drinks.  It was so nice!  There were even some fireworks at distance! 

But my eyes were really stinging, oozing and swelling, so I had to come down to her apartment to rest.  Yesha looked really worried, but what can she do, they all proceeded to go out to the Georgetown area.

I slept and woke up with my eyes glued shut.  They were not better...  but it's 4th of July!  The Independence Day!  I met up with my brother and his friends who were in town for 4th of July.  We watched the last bit of the 4th of July parade, which was all South Asian communities... the American flag and Abe Lincoln balloons must have passed by already.

We all walked around the National Mall for a bit and decided to squat in between the WWII Memorial and the Washington Monument.  It seemed like a good place to watch the fireworks since they shoot from either side of the long reflecting pool.  We sat around for an hour before deciding that there were 5 more hours to go until the fireworks and we should do something else.  It wasn't even that crowded.

So off we went, to the Ronald Regan building for some food... then CVS for eyedrops for me... and the White House.  We were actually going to kill time at the National Gallery of Art, but there was a big crowd heading towards the White House- we couldn't help but hope to see Obama! (Even though he's been in Russia, I think).  Well, nothing happened.  We just saw a line of special armed cars go by and a group of hippies sing in monotone about peace and universal healthcare.  My brother's friend actually rolled a cigarette with one of the hippies... she rolled it so expertly, like Europeans who roll their own cigarettes.

Anyway, we came back around 8pm, and the place we were originally sitting at was closed off for safety.  We had no trouble finding another spot closer to the Washington Monument.  There was a stage, where bands played vaguely familiar tunes, like the song Susan Boyle first sang and the song by Lil Wayne.

FINALLY, the fireworks started right at 9:15pm.  It went on for 15 minutes and was the most amazing fireworks I've ever seen!!!  The magnitude of the fireworks was just incredible... I had to bend my head back to see the whole thing.  The variety and colors were amazing as well...  watching the fireworks from Yesha's rooftop would have been cool too, but just to see them so closely, to smell the resin and to hear the loud explosions... it was such a cool experience!

When it ended, everyone got up and started walking to the right.  I felt hypnotized following such a large crowd of people moving in one direction.  My brother said this is what Bonnaroo was like, except with music everywhere (and probably younger, cooler people).  We ended up taking a cab to the Georgetown area- once again- to get drinks.  Every single bar, even the normally unpopular ones, was so packed that we had to wander off to a dingy sidestreet to find a place to sit and drink beer.

And that was 4th of July in DC.
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