Washington Day Two

Day two on Topdeck Tour.

We woke up and headed into the museum area. Incredibly all the museums are free. Can’t remember the guy’s name but he insured that they would be free forever to spread knowledge throughout. What an awesome legacy.

I started at the Museum of Natural History. Reason being it was still so bloody cold and it was the closest one!

Basically it goes through the evolution of the earth and mankind. My fave areas were the dinosaurs – no matter how old I am I still love em’! Then the gems and crystals area and the bugs! I even had the opportunity to hold a giant butterfly and a massive.. Well it was a cockroach but it was a special one, I swear.

Outside a protest was occurring, hundreds if not thousands of people gathered on the snow protesting what I assumed by abortion. I was actually shocked at the amount of children there carrying signs. I didn’t feel like it was appropriate for them to participate?

The museum I most wanted to visit was next – the Air and Space Museum. Very cool.

Loved the space section – you can see all different parts of the rocket ship, watch take off, see what they ate, go in their quarters, I found it fascinating.

Air section was also great, aeroplanes from waaay back, from the war etc. planes are everywhere, suspended from the roof, on the floor for you to tour, there’s so much to learn. For instance, I learnt I couldn’t be a 1960’s air hostess – I’m too old.

You can easily spend a lot of time in these museums, I would have gone to all of them given the time.

Did a drive by to see the president, checked out the White House then back to the hotel and to P street (yep they use letters of the alphabet as street names) for a salad & soy chai latte at Whole Foods.

Dinner was in Georgetown at Bandolero’s. I wanted the ceviche but they’d run out so I ended up with tuna ahi tacos and shared taco’s & guacamole. Mmmm guacamole.

We went out however it was a weeknight & there was nobody around. Checked out Madam Organs – cool music and bar but the staff were grumpy so we left for Shenanigans – an empty Irish bar. The 13 of us livened it up. One with an admittance of a rope fetish – she loves to be tied up. Nobody else was willing to share their fantasies so early in the trip so it ended up pretty funny and has been an ongoing joke ever since!

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Washington

Day one of Topdeck Tour.

We met at a midtown NYC hotel, the snow started just as I walked in.

There is only 13 of us on the tour, one of the smaller ones I have done.

Instead of a bus we are in a mini van. I’m not happy about that. It’s a tight fit, no spare seats and its definitely not as comfortable. Our tour guide now doubles as driver too.

By the time we got in the van everywhere was white with snow.

Turned out we were in the midst of a MASSIVE snowstorm. It took us ages to leave NY and by the time we weren’t far out of the city Congress had been closed.

We had to miss our lunch in Philadelphia. Although I totally understood the circumstances were out of our control I was still disappointed to be missing a Philly cheesesteak!

Part of the way through the trip a piece of the window wiper fell off – not fantastic in the midst of a snowstorm. Thankfully the next gas station could fix it for us.

We finally arrived in Washington about 5pm, glad to finally be out of the van!!

We were very lucky out your guide, Julia, knew how to drive in the snow and got us there safe.

The hotel was lovely, the Doubletree by Hilton and since I booked last and there is an uneven number of girls I managed to get my own room.

The hotel greeted us with warm cookies!!! How good is that?! Come in from a blizzard to a warm, melting, choc chip cookie. Awesome.

Dinner was at a local bar with a set menu, I had a chicken breast with rice as veggies – had eaten so much crap along the way I needed some healthy stuff!

After dinner we were supposed to do a walking tour of the monuments but at -15 degrees it wasn’t gonna happen! Julia managed to drive us round as well as she could to see them all.

I think I was most impressed my the Abe Lincoln monument and the WWII monument. White House was awesome too but I thought my fingers might fall off while I was taking photos!

At the end, my toes were numb, my face was numb and my hands were numb. It is possibly the coldest and worst weather I have been in.

Awesome day though despite it all and a fun group of people.

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Seattle, what’s doin’?!

Booked in a trip to Seattle!

Sept long weekend (30 Aug – 2 Sept) I will be visiting Seattle and I need ideas for what to do!

Here’s what’s on my list

  • Find hot men
  • Go shopping (outlets, come at me)
  • Find classy venue to drink that isn’t too exxy and I can both dance and have a conversation
  • Go to the bridge with the paddlocks
  • Visit Pike Markets
  • Visit the Glass Museum place thingy
  • Go to a festival (hang on while I google the name) Bumbershoot (interesting name?) on the Sunday – cheap and decent acts
  • Walk the city

That’s it really so obviously I have no idea. The first three are always on my list no matter where I am anyway.

Also I’m staying in Bellevue – the whole place was booked out! But we do have a car. Be prepared for some funny stories with 3 Aussie’s and a Kiwi rocking about!

What shall I do in Seattle?! Help?!

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