I woke up today to find that the United States of America has these lovely creatures called mosquitos, and surprise surprise they LOVE me! I don't just have one, two, or even three bites, I have SEVEN all over, from my ankles to my shoulders! And not just little nips, they are big welts! Lovely! I am not booking a hostel without air con ever again!
Tonight we are travelling to Boston through the night, a coach ride which will take 10 hours, so we took full advantage of our hostel today with a lie in, checking out at the last possible point and leaving our luggage to collect later in the afternoon.
We wandered down to the White House again to take in the view in daylight and in the dry and capture some more pictures as the camera died before we arrived yesterday. In my opinion the Capitol building is by far a grander building. I made a point of not looking at the White House until I knew it would be in full view so I could go "Wow!" but I was a bit disappointed to be honest. Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely building, but in terms of grandeur, when you look at the other buildings in the city it isn't one that you are in awe of.
Then we walked down to yet another memorial, this time the one for President Jefferson, located at the Tidal Basin. They were doing yet more building work on this site (Washington is having a face lift) so we didn't walk right up to it, just to the edge of the water and took yet more photos. We decided to find somewhere to sit to take in the lovely views so we walked round a bit but couldn't find any benches. Eventually we came to a section where the barrier stopping people from falling in ended where you could sit and dangle your legs over the edge, so naturally Dan says "Let's sit there". So, you know me, I sat down and dangled my legs over the edge and enjoyed the view.
So far so good!
Now, remember those mozzie bites? Well, by this stage the sun had reappeared and was making these bites very hot, inflamed and angry so I decided to put some antihistamine cream on.
So I opened my bag ...
And took the cream out...
And took the top off the tube...
And dropped the tube lid 5 feet into the water!
Dan immediately confiscated my bag to protect my purse and iPhone and demanded me to Step. Away. From. The. Water! (well, be honest, you knew it was coming!)
So then I had a full tube of antihistimine cream, and no lid! Improvisation was made!
After that piece of idioticity, we decided to go and collect our luggage, grab some food and walk down to the station. We ate in this pasta / pizza place that had a new concept I've never seen anywhere else. Basically you are handed a swipe card when you arrive and you take it to the bar and ask for your drink and you charge the cost to the card, then you decide what you want to eat, you go up to the food counter and ask for your meal and the chef makes it right there in front of you and again charges your card and then you present your card at the till point next to the exit and pay the balance. You don't pay for service but you can tip the chefs directly if you enjoy the food and you know you're eating fresh meals. Dan and I loved it!
We've managaed to sort out a fifteen day rail pass to use across America and we can make a maximum of eight journeys. This will get us from Boston to Niagara, Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver (if you have to change that counts as two journeys). This means I'm alot happier and we will have four weeks to take in the West Coast before we have a little trip to make to Hawaii.
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Love Elles xx