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A Day in DC

Falls Church, United States

I was pretty wiped out when I went to sleep last night, Then around 1 AM something woke me up. I was fairly groggy but it seemed like the sound of a door slamming shut. I checked my door and realized I fell asleep without locking the deadbolt or putting on the chain. I looked out the peephole and saw nothing; my camera and laptop were still on the table next to the door. So I locked up the door and went back to bed. I figured it must have been the door next door slamming shut, no big deal.
When I went to check out this morning I told the lady at the desk I was checking out of room 127. She asked why I was leaving after only one night; I only booked the room for one night; I have you listed for thee nights… When I told her my last name she said, oh you were in room 129; No, I was in room 127; I have you booked in room 129; I have a key for room 127, and that’s the room I slept in last night.
Remember folks; ALWAYS lock the deadbolt and the chain of your hotel room. I don’t think I will forget to do that again.

Well the weather wasn’t too bad this morning. I decided to head into DC and go to the Jefferson Memorial. I was pretty sure there was plenty of parking nearby and figured I could asses weather I wanted to go any farther into the city by car. The parking wasn’t as close as it used to be, so it was a bit of a hike to the memorial. So I spent about an hour at the memorial taking pictures and just hanging out.

On my way back to the car I noticed the FDR Memorial wasn’t to far away, so I headed over there. This was the first time I’ve been to the FDR memorial, it was a lot bigger than I was expecting. It’s a granite path about as long as a football field that winds around a series of stonewalls with quotes from FDR, waterfalls, fountains and statues. It’s really well done and definitely something you should add to your list of things to check out in DC.

Well it was starting to get a bit colder and I was tiered of walking around the streets of DC, so I decided to go to a huge museum and walk around inside. The Steven Udvar-Hazy Center is Part of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Basically it’s where they put things that they cant fit in the main museum. The last time I was here wasn’t to long after they opened, at that time they were prepping the Shuttle Enterprise for display. Since then they have acquired the shuttle Discovery and moved the Enterprise to the Intrepid in NYC.

For dinner I totally left my comfort zone, but that’s what it’s about, trying new things. So tonight’s choice was another DDD stop. La Caraquena is a Venezuelan restaurant. My entrée was Pabellon a Caballo, which is seasoned pulled beef served with white rice, black beans topped with white cheese and a sunny side up egg and sweet fried plantains on the side. They also brought a small dish of chopped jalapenos, I really tried to use them, but man they were hot. Fortunately I was able to wash it all down with a Palma Louca, which is a Brazilian beer. Much to my surprise, I loved the whole meal, with the possible exception of the jalapenos, but I really tried to like those.

It's starting to snow. Maybe a change of plans, I think I;m going to head south tomorrow.

permalink written by  Kugs on the road on March 24, 2013 from Falls Church, United States
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