We pretended we were somewhere in Southeast Asia. We lugged our bags to the Chinatown bus, took the only remaining seats for 5 which were near the smelly toilet, rode for 3 hours (Cleverly became a de facto doorperson for the loo – “someone’s in there”), and then walked with luggage 1.8 miles across Washington to LW’s place in 90º weather, hooray for us! A few days later we walked back the same way, and it was raining. We were right near the Capitol, passing crowds of well-dressed, cellphone-tethered professionals whom I’m sure are Very Important. We were four sweaty minors and myself, all somewhat disheveled and getting ready for a year of international wandering. We drew stares and some slight smiles from the busy people, who I envied not at all.
riding the suitcase at the bus station, schlepping around DC
The last time we were in DC, it snowed profusely. This time, it was hot and muggy. Both times, we were hosted by the intrepid LW, my friend from the Peace Corps and a current Foreign Service Officer who is heading for Haiti in a few months. We took over her apartment, sightsaw, watched movies, and ate with abandon!
Walking around DC
So many flowers blooming! Especially roses. The twins were vultures at a playground. The architecture was charming.
The National Zoo
I had never been here before. It was smaller than I’d imagined, with a surprisingly nice elephant area that you can walk over on a bridge. It was a Saturday and extremely crowded. We went with LW and a Pakastani-French-American family, so there were three languages going on -English, Pashto, and French- in our group at any given time. We loved the flamingos, the water sprays for cooling off, and the reptile house (even though we briefly lost a kid there!).
Georgetown boat ride
Who knew you could go on a boat tour on the Potomac from a dock in Georgetown? LW did, and so we went. We on the Nightingale II went with this company, though we saw a pirate boat tour and a giant spaceship-looking boat as well. It was nice to see the statues, the bridges, the planes heading to Dulles, even the Washington Monument from the river.
Here are the other tour boats we saw: the red pirate one and the big spaceship one.
Georgetown itself was nice, with a healthy commercial district going on:
Later, we ate here, since LW and I met in Honduras and we miss the food!!! Technically, the food was not Honduran but El Salvador is darn close, shares a border even, and we did have tamarind juice, fried platano, and some delicious pupusas.
We also ate again at the brunch paradise, Bread and Chocolate, amazing food and a beautiful day to eat outside! There’s LW in a rare pic!
And back to Chinatown
I’m not sure why I don’t have many pics of LW, but here is Lincoln in Cleverly’s hat!! Thanks, guys! Maybe see you in Haiti next time!!