Here’s some more disorganized pictures and a few random thoughts.
DC has a pretty efficient subway system which include the cleanest and most spacious subway stations I have ever seen, in my tour of maybe three subway systems across the globe.
One day we took a subway to the end of one of the lines (there are five, IIRC) at random just for the hell of it. It went past the Ronald Reagan Airport, which would appear to be very busy (one thing I often notice about US cities is how at any given time there seems to be a couple of commerical jets visible from wherever you happen to be) and very close (maybe a 10 minute drive from downtown). This is the airport that the ill-fated Air Florida took off from before taking a dive into the Potomac many years ago.
Of course we had to stop by the White House. You CAN get tours, but they must be arranged far in advance and only blakc people are allowed since Obama moved in. OK, just kidding about that last part, but it IS hard to get in and we didn’t. The next picture is Sam outside the front gates. While we were there they cleared the street and placed snipers on surrounding rooftops, shortly after which an impressive motorcade presumably carrying the O-Man himself emerged and scurried away, a dozen motorcyle cops in tow.
Before I forget, we spent our last day in Baltimore, which is another expedition we did basically for the hell of it. Baltimore is about an hour north via a very efficient and cheap Amtrack. Philadelphia, New York and Boston follow, each roughly an hour past the next. I wish we had had more time to visit Philadelphia. That strikes me as a city I will never, ever visit. I bet you didn’t know it used to be the US Capital. Well, unless you are one of my family members in which case you probably knew that and also know what year it became a city, the address of the mayor, and how many museums it has!
Well I think that’s about it. I asked Ben what he most remembered about Washington and besides specific venues he said, “all the black people”. It IS pretty striking compared to Vancouver. Anyways, that’s it for Spring Break 2009!