Washington DC Day 6
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The White House. We actually are going into The White House. My contact told me it is not possible anymore to visit the white house just as a tourist, you have to request it through the embassy or via your congressman, so we felt all special. Just one little problem with me though. I had to get the whole group inside and then go to the office of the tour guides (across the street from the White House as luck would have it) to drop off an envelope with money since the Hilton refused to give it to the owner of the guide business the evening before. So I had to go through the white house to get out to the other side of the street.
think I’m going to call the Guinness book of records, since I did the
whole tour in under 1 minute flat, small children were jumping out of
the way for me.
I did the tour myself, stood in the room where all the heads of state
had dinner with the presidents.
after that we went by bus to see a lot of the monuments. Americans sure
like their memorials, and they really know how to build them. The
Lincoln Memorial, The 2nd WW memorial, the Korean War
Memorial, The Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, The Washington Monument,
The Jefferson Memorial & The Vietnam Memorial made the most impression on me, but I guess that is because you have seen it so many times in movies.
Then we had lunch at the Capitol Hill Club by invitation of Jim Dijkstra, it was fun, they also invited 2 congressmen/woman and also our Ambassador was there, which is why we were all there in the first place, he is also a member of the university club, after which we had a tour through the Capitol, which is a very gorgeous building. I could so see myself work there. But the real highlight, for me, was the Baseball game we went to in RFK stadium. 2 more gentleman came from the Netherlands, I had arraigned for a car to pick them up, take them to the hotel, where I left 2 baseball tickets for them, and then drive them to the stadium.
Washington Nationals versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Unfortunately
the Nats lost, but it still was great, it’s like we see on TV, guys
walking down the aisles with cotton candy, cracker jacks, beer, you
Mr. Dijkstra explained the details of the game to me, plus he was a very nice gentleman to talk to all together, specially about Washington etc. I mean, he even served in the Vietnam war.