Aug 14 2017

The US adventure(part 4):little woman, big city, chaos ensues

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 5:32

In the morning of 14th of August, I packet everything and left Vienna behind. The next city to visit was Washington. I planned to hang around the great capitol for 2 days, but sometimes things do not go as planned. The initial plan was to park the car somewhere in the centre of Washington, visit all I could, then go to sleep in Silver Spring, a Washington suburb and repeat the next day, before leaving to Baltimore. Like I said, it definitely did not go as planned.

I entered Washington and got scared when I noticed there was no parking where Google said there would be one. And I sort of drifted in traffic looking like crazy for a place where I could stop the car for a moment so I could check the GPS and choose a destination. And because there was a lot of traffic, I ended up moving around the center of Washington for quite a while, so you could say I saw a lot of it. In the end I found a place where I was able to stop for 5 minutes and by then I was so panicked that I just set the Silver Spring hotel as a destination and left in that direction. It took me about 45 minutes to get there and 30 minutes I drove on street called 16th(apparently somebody low on creativity when naming some streets in Washington). This street was weird like hell, most of it was full of churches. I kid you not, I was actually playing a game, saying “Dang” every time I noticed a building that was not a church. A lot of the churches were Protestant and Reformed, but I also saw a Scientology church.

Anyway, I digress. So I got to my hotel at about 11 in the morning and they did not have a room for me. So I just left the car there and headed for the metro station to go visit the city center. Lucky for me, the metro station was only 10 minutes walking distance. I bought a day pass, because my plan was to move a little and hopped on. I got off in the center of Washington, in L’Enfant Plaza and went directly to the museum center. I mean, I was there for the museums after all. And I killed about 4 hours in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. I’m into science a lot, so staring at plane engines, rocket systems, helicopters, satellites, the original first moon station and astronaut costumes was heaven for me. And then looking at all the animals, some of them extinct and all the human skulls in the order of their evolution was mesmerising.

But there is a catch when it comes to visiting museums. If the entry is free, every idiot gets in. And yeah, unfortunately there were a lot of idiot kids, making stupid noises, touching or kicking things and even more idiot parents that were allowing this kind of behaviour. It’s quite sad really.

After I finished with these two museums I had the most horrendous chicken sandwich of my life, I had not much choice, because in the city center the other option is overpriced restaurants for snobbish tourists. So I chose the cheapest tourist meal that provided me enough sustenance to keep my legs running to the Washington monument and then to the White House, where currently one of the biggest idiots this universe ever produced currently resides. Or he would, if he wouldn’t be out golfing all the time.

After I was done, I found the nearest metro station and I went straight to the hotel where I took a quick shower and then drifted off to sleep at 10:00 PM. And that evening with my feet hurting like hell and a smell of perspiration I never ever smelled on me before I decided to leave Washington alone. Thus, first thing in the morning, I jumped in the jeep and drove to Baltimore.

Washington did not impress me much, but then again not most capital cities do. I just think that big concrete jungles are really not my thing.

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