Washington DC

Today was our free day in Washington DC, so we decided to have a little bit of a sleep-in this morning before heading downstairs. We met up with a few others and decided to join them for brunch. We headed to the metro which is the underground train and ended up at some place near Dupont Circle with a breakfast buffet – it was so good! After brunch, we headed over to the White House.

It was pretty cool, but smaller than I imagined. It also is a lot closer to the street than I had pictured!

After seeing the White House, our group split up to do different things. Matt and I headed over to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It was quite interesting – lots of stuff about evolution, animals of the world, ancient Egypt and a cool display with fancy jewels and crystals. The museum was good but I was expecting more for some reason.     

After spending a couple hours here, we walked next door to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. This was a really good museum. It had pop culture displays like Kermit the frog, a display about American wars, American presidents, transport and had a piece of the Berlin Wall.


  

The museum was really interesting and there was so much to see in there, but I was starting to get so tired from walking so much (according to my Fitbit, I’m averaging about 16-17,000 steps a day) so we decided to head back to the hotel. We headed to the metro and waited about half an hour for the train but when it pulled up, it was jam-packed so there was no way we could get on. We ended up catching a cab back to the hotel. Turns out there was some sporting game on which is why all the trains were so packed.

To end the day, a group of about 18 of us headed to dinner at Medium Rare, this yummy steak place. Dinner was really good and they came and served us the entire meal a second time once we had finished! I don’t think the photo does it justice!

We got back to the hotel at about 10 and we had to pack again to be on the road by 8am tomorrow. DC was a really nice city, I wish we had more time here to see more of the museums and monuments.

 

Next, we’re off to Pittsburgh!

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