Washington, DC Again

Dina on the DC Train
Dina on the DC Train

Danielle’s family came to visit so we did what we always do when company comes, we went to Washington, DC. Seriously, I don’t really know what else to do. If it were Florida I would have taken them to the beach. In NYC I’d take them to Manhattan and either just walk around or go to a show. But around here I don’t really know what to do with visitors. Inner Harbor is really too small for just an hour or so. And not everyone likes the museums from DC. So if you know something to do around here, let me know.

Another Photographer
Photographer on the Stairs

It seems as though every big city with “Rocky Stairs” always has a ton of people sitting on it. This guy on the corner was taking photos of people walking on the sidewalk. I’m pretty sure he got me, so I returned the favor. Ever since Rudy’s talk I’ve been photographing other photographers.

Dan alone on the Mall
Daniel walking towards the Washington Monument

Daniel was leading the way to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum…. or so he thought. Danielle thought it was that way and I didn’t correct people because I was too busy taking photos. No one wanted to do the tourist thing and take a photo with the Washington Monument or Senate in the background. So I was sneaking photos of everyone with the monuments in the background.

Plane with a Pointy Nose
Pointy Airplane

These planes with the needle on the end kept me thinking about ramming ships. Obviously, planes don’t do that, but I couldn’t help it.

Walking back to Chinatown
Walking Back Towards Chinatown

After that one museum we made our way back to the subway. I think it took us longer to get to DC than we spent there, but it was very crowded and I just suggested it so we wouldn’t be in the house all day.

Barack Stars
The Barack Stars

This banner for Barack Stars made me think of the Rock Band logo.  And it’s funny because Dan made a Rock Band band called Barack Me Obamadeus  made up of Obama, Biden, Palin, and McCain.

Barack Me Obamadeus - what if they put all their differences aside to form a band?  (photo by Daniel Mesa)
Barack Me Obamadeus - what if they put all their differences aside to form a band? (photo by Daniel Mesa)
Sara Palin in Barack Me Obamadeus (the real reason she quit being governor) (photo by Daniel Mesa)
Sara Palin in Barack Me Obamadeus (the real reason she quit being governor) (photo by Daniel Mesa)
John McCain in Barack Me Obamadeus (photo by Daniel Mesa)
John McCain in Barack Me Obamadeus (photo by Daniel Mesa)
Obama T-Shirts
Obama Store

Obama’s popularity has been a real boom for people selling t-shirts and memorabilia in DC. This store had tons of Obama imprinted shirts. Yay capitalism!

TangySweet
tangysweet

We stopped at TangySweet to get some ice cream because it was really hot in DC and on the train. It was a really trendy place like a Starbucks,but for frozen yogurt. The store and the adjacent one, Red Velvet Cupcakery, were situated where the Juan Valdez restaurant used to be.  It was ok, nothing special. Danielle and Chi Thao ordered green tea ice cream and it just tasted like vanilla. I got a smoothie with tons of berries. It was ok. But that’s not their fault, I think I’m just not into blackberries.

On the Escalator to the Train
Escalators to the Trains

Then it was time to head back to Maryland.

Daniel and Brian on the Train
Daniel and Brian on the Subway

Author: Eric Mesa

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5 thoughts on “Washington, DC Again”

  1. I loved doing the tourist thing in D.C. – the monuments, the museums. I’m dead set on making another trip out there just so I can see more of the museums.

    1. I think this is your first comment on my blog, so welcome!

      I’m glad you enjoyed it when Dan et al took you around. I think Dan makes a great point vis a vis the NYC people being unimpressed with DC.

  2. Nats games?

    There’s plenty of great food out here.

    Northern Virginia’s got Wolftrap, a great outdoor concert venue for stuff.

    If it’s a nice day, hanging out and tossing a ball or disc around on the mall is plenty of fun.

    I’ve sat on those steps waiting to meet someone before. I really like them.

    I think the main problem is that you mostly entertain people from NYC in DC and DC isn’t so different from NYC that you can’t find the same stuff to do better there.

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