Today, we are travelling back in time. Before New York, we spent three weeks in Washington. While most of that was work, we still spent time exploring the city and being tourists.
Washington is the home of wide, uncluttered streets. Coming straight from Bangalore, with some of the worst traffic in the world (both congested and ill-disciplined), I loved being here and after a brief burst of panic driving on the wrong side of the road, I acclimatised and enjoyed driving again for the first time in 9 months! It made me realise how much I miss the freedom that driving provides. I also terrified Reza who I don’t think had expected me to be such an aggressive driver! Anyway, here’s a bunch of photos rather than talking. (All photos are Reza’s handiwork unless explicitly stated, and I think you’ll be able to figure out which ones they are anyway).
Washington is home to a large number of memorials, statues, museums, and art galleries. Most of these are cheap, or free. If you want to visit some of these museums or galleries, you will need to book. There are three ways to do this- in advance on the website (about 2 months in advance). At 6am on the day, via the internet. Or, chance it, on the day as the attraction opens. There are tickets put aside for every category but you do have to be on time for the two on-the-day options.
At the Holocaust Memorial, as you enter, they give you a small booklet. It details the life of an actual person. The pages of the book correspond with the floors of the building. You’re loaded into an elevator at start on the top floor. As you descend floors, the years advance, and the situation gets more and more dire. We all know how it ends. It takes a few hours to make it through the memorial, it’s incredible interesting, with loads of different information, photographs, and ways of presenting information. It’s a bit horrific, I was feeling very… overwhelmed and suffocated towards the end.