Air and Space in DC
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So up at 6:30 (next time it will be a relaxing holiday) and leave with the dorm door wide open, shining the light in on the French family asleep in their beds - childish I know but I have lost about 5 hours sleep these last three nights with the brat wailing away.
Arrived in DC (as everyone calls it here) at about 10:30am as I was able to take an earlier flight - not bad considering it was bought with air miles. Thank god the weather has cooled off a bit and after a 10 minute trip into the city centre, I had dropped my bag off at the hostel and off to explore.
The thing that strikes you about Washington is that everything is in reasonable walking distance of everything else.
5 minutes down the road is the Washington Monument - an obilisk that is much larger than I imagined when I have seen it on TV or in books. I skipped visiting it up close as already I had realised that 2 days in Washington was going to be nowhere near enough time to see even a quarter of what I would want to see.
The National Mall is a mile long area of grass and parkland that stretches from the Washington Monument at one end to the US Capitol at the other.
By this time it was 5pm and time to get some food and rest my aching feet. Back at the hostel I chatted with some people from Greenpeace and then finally finished my book. Annoyingly, American hostels all seem to have a no alcohol policy so no drinking (not seen anything about guns though so I guess they must be OK).