Credit crisis in the capitol

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 16, 2009

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

After six action packed days in New York we needed to slow things down a little and thought Washington might be just the right place. We knew from the start that this wouldn't be the most happening holiday destination but would be the best place to get a better understanding of American history and culture.

We enjoyed the train trip from Montréal to New York so much that we though we would try and catch the train to Washington as well. For some unknown reason the train tickets now cost double that of the bus and when we found out the bus had free internet the decision was made. After the usual struggle of dragging luggage on and off the subway we arrived at the bus departure point and arrived in Washington a few hours later.

Inge-Marie the darling she is had arranged some great accommodation on F street (most streets in Washington are either letters or numbers) only a few blocks from the White House and just down the road from the Lincoln Memorial. So within a few minutes walk we were at the War Memorial and "The Mall" which I found out was not in fact a hidden shopping mall!

On our first night in Washington we felt like a cheap night in and some healthy food so I volunteered to take a walk to a grocery store a 'few' roads up on R street, which did look too far according to the free tourist map. It turned out to be a one hour hike both ways and the pouring rain did not make it any easier although I did hasten my pace. We did have a great meal however and as luck had it I was able to pick-up a cheap bottle of South African sparkling wine (Graham Beck Brut) to compensate for the long walk. Needless to say the next day we discover many closer supermarkets in the area but at least the long walk gave me a chance to see Washington's interesting student filled side streets.

In New York we noticed that many people walking along the streets or on the subway were in their own little MP3 world but in Washington it seemed that every second person I passed seemed to be on their cell phones. We thought it might be that people in Washington had more friends than people in New York, or maybe not? (Maybe someone from Washington can comment?)

We pretty much spent the entire next day walking between the Capitols major sights passing the Lincoln and War memorial, picnicking at "The Mall" or gigantic obelisk, the White House, the Archives to see the declaration of independence and the Capitol building. Our visit to Washington coincided with the bail out bill that had been proposed by the Bush Administration where a staggering $700 billion would be made available to rescue the economy form collapse.

All I can add is that we'll be doing our best in the next few weeks to pump as much of our funds into the American economy to help alleviate the problem, cant say we didn't try...
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