My third time in the states...
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This trip to Washington, DC happened because I was sent from my work to a conference in the US capital. It was the first time that I would be abroad for a conference, my third time in the States and my first time alone. I have to admit I was VERY naive back then, and I had no idea about how things were in the States. I consider this my first real trip outside Mexico, as the first two times I was in the States (El Paso and Oklahoma), I was surrounded by mexicans all the time, so I couldn't do much on my own.
My adventures started all the way from Day 1. The company that I worked for had bought the plane tickets, so I didn't even check what airport I was going to land into. As I said, I was young and naive and had never really been out of Mexico on my own.
The next surprise was the hotel. Of course my company had offered to book a hotel room for me, but hahaha I am embarrased to say this, I was still very thrilled by the recent adventure in Zacatecas and wanted to stay in a hostel.
As you know, the area is pretty expensive, so a colombian taxi driver recommended me a cheap motel in Arlington. It was even more scary than the hostel downtown. You could tell it was only one of those drug and sex motels. The guy at the front desk was behind bars for safety.
The next day I went checking in to the conference hotel. What a difference! It was like heaven from hell. On the way there, the taxi driver asked me why was I staying at such motel, since I looked like a decent person. Lol. He recommended me another place in Crystal City, which wasn't too good, but at least was safe and quiet. I also made a review about it.
Anyway, I finally escaped from the first two scary places I had landed into, and could relax to attend the conference. It absorbed most of my mornings, but I could do some walking in DC downtown. I remember walking endlessly between all the nearby landmarks, the capitol, the white house, the national mall... it was a completely open minding trip for me and I enjoyed it a lot.
That trip was extremely important for me, as that is where I met my future Ph.D. advisor. It changed my life forever. It was the first step before I decided to move to the States to continue my studies.