TB on Capitol Hill, Then National Mall

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Started the day with the hostel breakfast, which included pancakes. I had to make them, then ate a few. Then back to the room for a little while, as I was not too much of a hurry. I had to pack up and get ready. Stayed until it was time to check out. But I will return to the hostel in 2 days.

Leaving the hostel, the weather felt a lot more tolerable, as it was not humid. But still hot. I walked to the nearby bus stop, to catch the the Charm City Circulator, which was a free bus. A short wait, and short ride to Penn Station. Once there, I hurried to the ticket counter, to buy a ticket for a MARC train, to Washington DC. Turns out, there was one leaving in a few minutes. I got the ticket, and ran to the platform. I did make it onto the train, which left shortly after.

When I arrived at Union Station, I walked to the Metro, when I realized that I forgotten to bring the Smartrip Card from my last trip.

me and Andrew
So I had to pay $2 more to get another, plus the possible fare amount. Then rode the Metro to the convention center. I went to a nearby Subway, but decided to check in at the same hostel from before, Duo Housing Hostel. 

I checked in, and left my backpack there. Then back out, and stopped by a 7-Eleven, to get a cheap lunch. I ate the lunch, which was only a hot dog. Then to the Metro, which I took to get to Capitol Hill, where I would meet up with a TBer. 

Arrived, I walked to one of the buildings there, where I would finally meet up with Andrew (Andy99). We went inside it, where he worked. Then to a cafe, where we hung out for a little while. We parted ways, when he had to go back to work. 

I left this building, and stopped by another, to pick up a map, and figure out where to go next.
question answered from last DC trip
Then back out, walking to the National Mall, as I decided to visit the museums there. I would get on the Circulator, to save some time and energy, towards the National Museum of American History. Then went inside, to see more of it.

I did visit in 2016, as well as in previous visits to DC. But I wanted to see more, as there are still a lot more to see. Starting with the updated parts of the "First Ladies" and "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden", with both Donald and Melania Trimp being added. Looking at the photo of Donald Trump, I could see some people laugh and point out on how he looks like a curmudgeon.

Plus there was a display of Martha Washington's dress, which was in the main showcase this time. Then went to see a few more exhibitions, which were the following.
Martha Washington's gown
.. "The Value of Money", "American Enterprise" and "Many Voices, One Nation". Plus the display of the Woolworth lunch counter from the Greensboro sit-ins in 1960. More photos and the review will be edited, with the updated verison here.

This museum was closing up, so time to head out. And to the only museum that was open late. But first, I was craving for some ice cream. I went inside the museum first, but the cafe was closed. So back out, at one of those stalls, getting an ice cream sandwich. After enjoying that, back inside the museum, which was the National Air and Space Museum. 

I am not sure if I ever been to this one before. As with the others, I had to pick and choose which exhibitions to see.
bunch of rockets inside National Air and Space Museum
Starting with "Looking at Earth", where I would spend some time, resting my sore feet. Once I resumed, I would see the "Space Race", followed by "Explore the Universe". Then to "Moving Beyond Earth". After that, I went to the second floor, where I would see "Time and Navigation". And finally, the one on the Wright Brothers. 

As I was walking through the Wright Brothers exhibition, it occurred to me, that I owe it to these 2 guys, for traveling to be more possible. So who are the Wright Brothers? They are Wilbur and Orville Wright, 2 brothers who invented a flying machine that allowed a person to fly possible. Basically, the very first airplane. From there, it would only get bigger and better. And what a legacy that they left, which is continously felt to this day. With me, the possibility of traveling and seeing the world.
replica of the Wright Flyer
 

Closing time came, and I went back down, to head out. I would see a few more things along the way, near the entrance. Then exited, walking to the Metro. I hopped on the wrong side, which took me to the Virginia side. So I had to turn around, and back to DC. Then back to the hostel.

As I got to the hostel, and to my room, there was a little mixup with the assigned beds. The girl on staff, was able to straighten it out. Then unpacked some more, and got a cheap pizza from the grocery store next door. It was a very cheap dinner. Then used the computer, as I tried to figure out what to do the next day.

After showering, and making sure that my phone was charged, I went to sleep.

vances says:
Your stop at the National Air and Space Museum brings back a fond memory. While dating the woman who would be my wife, I hosted her and her two sons for a weekend in DC and during our visit here we encountered a display around the Red Baron. Desiring to be educational, I began an exhortation, sharing his name was Baron Von Richthofen and explained how an 'ace' was someone who had downed ten enemy planes. My pompous discourse was interrupted when one of the boys glanced at a neighboring display and uttered "ooh, boots" ...and they both scampered away, lol.
Posted on: Sep 09, 2017
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me and Andrew
me and Andrew
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