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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Washington DC Adventures Day 2

Last week was so busy, I had no time to recap our 2nd day in DC.

 Friday was such a crazy day, we were hoping Saturday would be calm, drama free, and no more attempted robberies...and it was perfect!

We slept in, went to a nice breakfast and watched some runners from the RnR DC run by. It did make me really sad for a moment that I wasn't out there running. But then I remembered how COLD it was, so I was glad to be inside nice and warm.

Here's some pics from our day:

WWII Memorial

Trolley Tour

 The only museum we had time for was the Holocaust Museum. We didn't make it through all 4 floors, we only got through 3 before they closed.
 It was so shocking and horrifying, very sad and somber. So humbling. Several moments where I felt nauseated. I've watched all the movies, but seeing this in person made it much more real.

The remembrance room (a very small section of it)

This is the first thing you see as you begin the tour. From the other
side of the room you could hear a video playing with some of their screams. Speechless.

Seeing their shoes just took your breath away

This was so incredibly sad, and just makes you SO furious that this could've ever happened. Absolutely heartbreaking.

Friday night we had dinner at the POV rooftop. Beautiful restaurant with gorgeous views.  It was enclosed in plastic for the winter, but still pretty chilly.

We could see the White House from where we were sitting

I eat steak maybe once a year, so I don't have much to
compare it to; but this was the best steak I've ever had!

Charity took this pic of me right before we got swarmed by security. How gorgeous is this lobby at the W!
We had an absolutely amazing time. I do wish we could've stayed another day or two, there was SO much more we wanted to see!

 And this was how our trip ended. A man snoring in the seat behind us on our flight home. How can you not take a picture of that?

P.S. Any pics that look professional are because Charity took them, and she's a professional! Other pics were done with my IPhone.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

My crazy first day in Washington DC

What a crazy, adventurous weekend I had!
I had been planning on going to D.C. for the rock n roll half, but decided not to do it because I haven't been able to run yet since my liposuction.

 But Charity had already been planning on coming with me, so we had already bought plane tickets, and still wanted to go and just make a fun girls weekend of it. And boy, did we!

To start with, I'm not a frequent flyer, so the takeoff and landing always makes me nervous. Our plane was small, and it was windy. So it was pretty turbulent. Poor Charity, I left an indention in her hand from her ring since I was squeezing her so hard. She loves me.

After arriving, we decided to ride the metro to our hotel.
A few minutes after we got on, a man with only one arm bursts through the door that goes between the trains, slams it shut, and starts yelling. He says he just got out of jail after 4 years, and he needs money. He doesn't want to have to hurt anyone or have to steal, but he needs money.
 Of course I immediately turned on the sound recording on my phone, just in case.
I swear, I never prayed so hard in my life!! By this time he had gone to the back of the train and I heard him tell someone thank you.
 Thankfully, our stop was about 30 seconds after all that craziness and we got off of there as fast as we could!!

 It's funny because I was just telling Charity how unsafe a metro seems. There's no security or anything. There's no way for anyone to run away or escape, you're just stuck! Of course guns aren't allowed, so no one can even protect themselves. And then crazy guy gets on and starts robbing people.
 We said no more metro for us, only Uber from now on!

Our first ever Uber ride. I wasn't as nervous as I look
Friday night we went to POV Rooftop. The views were pretty amazing. Yes, it was about 30 degrees, but they had plastic all around the balcony. It didn't block out all the wind and cold though, but there were some heaters around too. It was still pretty cold, and I wouldn't go back in the winter.
 The food was good, and it was a great experience.

White House in the distance

Crab Cake

NY Strip Steak

Buffalo Cauliflower (amazing!!)

After eating, we went down to the lobby of the W hotel and Charity (who is a professional photographer) starts taking some pictures of me.
 We immediately got swarmed by security! Apparently you can only take pictures with your phone, you cant use an actual camera. We'd never heard of such a thing! Guess it has something to do with being next door to the White House, who knows.

In our rush to get out of there, we left our $25 desserts from POV there in the lobby. That hurt!

We Uber'd (is that a word?) back to our hotel and around 1 we headed to bed. I went into the bathroom, and almost stepped on a HUGE roach. I am not joking, it was like triple the size of a regular one. Charity thinks I'm dying, so she rushes in there and it disappears.
 She calms me down (haha!) and then she goes in there, and whaddya know, there it is again. And this time it follows her out into the hallway.
 She goes into the kitchenette, and sees one crawling out of the sink!
 That was it- I AM OUT. I call the front desk, and they are very apologetic and bring us a key for a different room, a few doors down. First thing we see in the new room- a mouse trap. Gahhh!!!

So we had quite a night. At one point we were almost asleep when Charity screams and jumps out of bed and starts ripping her clothes off, because she felt something crawling on her. We later realized it was just her necklace.
 We could not stop laughing.

Needless to say, we had a very eventful, adventurous first night in DC!
Saturday we went sightseeing...more on that later.

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