Washington, D.C. Journals

DC, in the Rain, With an Aussie

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A February 2006 trip to Washington, D.C. by stomps

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Quote: A chronicle of our whirlwind, 8-hour tour of America's capital, which included a lot of walking, a lot of memorials, and a lot of rain.

DC, in the Rain, With an Aussie

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Maryland State House Photo, Annapolis, Maryland
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When James (my boyfriend) stepped off a United Airlines flight in San Francisco late last January, it was the first time his feet had ever stood on soil not belonging to his homeland of Australia. The main reason for his trip was to come visit me in Houston, but he had two side trips planned as well; one to Lake Tahoe with a few ski instructor friends from home, and one to Washington D.C. and the eastern shores of Chesapeake Bay to which his father’s cousin had retired. Luckily, he came early enough in the semester that I was able to take time off to accompany him to D.C. (although I would have liked to try my hand at snowboarding as well!).We didn’t spend much of our three days in the greater...Read More

U.S. Capitol Building

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U.S. Capitol Building Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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As we rode up the escalator from Capitol South station and into the fresh air, little drops of rain hit us in the face. Not a great start to the day, we supposed, but hopefully the rain wouldn’t get any harder. Worse than the rain was the 40 degree temperatures, which, me being from Texas and James from Queensland, neither of us were used to. Luckily, we had prepared on the second front and were very bundled up, although after five minutes we couldn’t feel our faces anymore.From Capitol South, we walked north on 1st St. When we reached Independence Ave, it was rather obvious where to go—towards the giant white building surrounded by cop cars and screaming school kids to our left. The kids were...Read More

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U.S. Capitol Building
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
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United States Botanic Garden

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Attraction | "The National Botanic Garden"

United States Botanic Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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As we walked in the doors of the US Botanic Gardens, James was a bit surprised to see a metal detector and X-ray machine awaiting us. Given the proximity of the Gardens to the Capitol Building, these made sense, so we lined up in typical airport fashion and put my bag and our coats through the X-ray before walking through the detectors. I was fine, but when James walked through, the machine beeped. His face twisted into the utmost look of horror as thoughts raced through his mind about how he was going to get arrested because he was a foreigner that was making the metal detector beep, which obviously makes him a terrorist. However, after pulling his cell phone out of his pocket and trying again, the m...Read More

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United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

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Attraction | "National Air and Space Museum"

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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After visiting the US Botanic Gardens, we worked our way west and into the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. I was particularly interested in checking out what the museum had to offer, since my only memories of my previous visit, during a spring break trip in 5th grade, were of giant airplanes hanging from the ceiling and only being able to find a unisex bathroom that sported a stall… with no stall door. Embarrassed, I decided not to use it and ended up spending the entire visit crossing my legs instead!Apollo 11 greeted us in the entranceway, and after turning a few more corners, we found plenty of other spacecraft. Unfortunately, living right next to the Space Center and taking countless v...Read More

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Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Independence Avenue At 4th Street SW
Washington, DC

Natural History Rock Formation Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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We didn’t have long in the Museum of Natural History, which was sandwiched in between the Air & Space Museum and a trip to Georgetown for lunch.From the outside, this museum is imposing; it is seemingly miles long and sports a giant gold rotunda in the middle. Inside the rotunda, which we found after going through yet another metal detector, is a giant elephant, which I vaguely remembered from my 5th grade trip. The squeals of children echoed throughout the rotunda, and after deciding that most of them originated in the dinosaur exhibit, we decided we didn’t really need to see those bones after all.Our main point of interest was the Gem Exhibit, which contains the Hope Diamond as i...Read More
James in front of the White House Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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As we walked up to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it was very obvious that gone are the days of White House tours (still offered during my last trip in 1996, although we didn’t take one) and people being able to protest just outside the gates. Instead, Pennsylvania Avenue was completely blockaded off, so the closest we could get was the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. This didn’t particularly bother me, since I just wanted a snap of us in front of the building, but James wasn’t so happy. Being a cheeky foreigner, he wanted to hurl a small, harmless object over the gates just to test whether the White House really did keep snipers on the roof. So, to rephrase my sentiments, I was extremely happ...Read More

Lincoln, FDR & Jefferson Memorials

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Still Reflecting Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Probably more exciting for James than all of the memorials in Washington combined were the squirrels that inhabited the trees between them. On our way to the Lincoln Memorial, he stopped me, surreptitiously pulled out my camera, and tiptoed over to the base of a tree, where he frantically tried to take pictures before the squirrel got spooked and ran away. I laughed at him, but then again, he laughed at me when I wanted to go see kangaroos, since they aren’t native to my country, just like squirrels aren’t native to his. By the end of the day, though, this obsession had passed, which was unfortunate, given the number of squirrels at my university that will literally walk up and steal food out of your ...Read More