Probably the busiest day we’ve ever had…
We woke up at 09:00 to the sound of our alarms and had to immediately apologise to the other guys in the dorm for waking them up when we arrived in the early hours. Thanksfully there were both really nice and didn’t mind in the slightest – that’s what you get for staying in a hostel afterall. We had porridge for breakfast, picked up a city map, and left as early as possible so that we could get as much done in the time that we had in Washington DC.
Our map reading skills have developed loads in the last couple of month so we planned a route for ourselves, allocated time at each place, and tried to stick to a schedule throughout the day. Our first stop was a pretty important one – The White House:
After paying Barack a visit we went to see another old friend and former US President, Abraham Lincoln:
The view from his chair is pretty decent, overlooking the Reflecting Pool, National World War 2 Memorial and Washington Monument:
Instead of walking alongside the Pool towards the Memorial and Momument we took the long way around so that we could check out a few other places on the way – The Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King. Jr Memorial, and a view of the Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin:
We then walked past the Monument towards Smithsonian Institution where we explored both the Museum of American History and the Museum of Natural History:
Finally, our last tourist stop of the day was the U.S. Captiol:
We took a taxi back to our hostel and finished packing our bags, then walked to the Megabus station, again.
We took the 17:00 from Washington DC to Philadelphia, but realised two things on the way – 1) that we forgot to sort accommodation in Philadelphia so needed to get that sorted ASAP, and 2) the Democratic National Party are in town this week, so finding a place to stay was nearly impossible and excessively expensive where available.
We spent almost every minute of the three and a half hour bus ride trying to find somewhere, and only five minutes before arriving got something sorted. We sent several last minute Airbnb requests and just one got back to us, twenty minutes away from the bus station, with a room avaiable. We didnt take any chances and booked immidiately, only to find that it wasn’t even in Philadelphia, but instead in New Jersey! Luckily, it’s very easy to get between the two states by either bus, train or taxi, and wasnt a problem.
After probably the longest day we’ve ever had, we got off to sleep around midnight, in a room with air conditioning that doesn’t work and just a fan to (try to) keep us cool.
Oh one last thing, today marks two calendar months since we left home!
Doesn’t time fly when youre having fun?
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