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Holiday, In Brief
SSar's Beast
Hey guys,

So segment 1 of our holiday is over.

EDIT ADD: Breakfast in America is a baffling ordeal. Just so you know.

We did a super load of touristy things in Washington, D. C. So many, that in the evenings, we'd find we'd lost track of what we'd done that day. I said to Joel one day as we trudged back to the bus stop: "Okay, so we went to the American History Museum... and we did that... and that... but I feel I'm missing something. What else did we do today?"

Twenty minutes later it dawned on me. "Oh! We went to the National Archives! How did I forget going to see the original Declaration of Independence and the original Constitution?!" As well as all the other neat things...

The National Air and Space Museum was great. "NASM," I said. "Is that short for 'nerdgasm'?"

"It is now," said Joel, who appeared appropriately affected by artefacts such as moon rock, the Spirit of St Louis, and actual command modules from actual space flights.

And, okay, I teared up when we got to the Lunar Module.

On our second-last day, we found a wonderful secondhand book store. The real thing. You know: old and new books are authoritatively mingled. There are three pokey stories including a basement with a ceiling no higher than 6 feet. You have to take your backpack off when you go in for the simple reason that if you do not, you will die under the avalanche of books you will bring down upon yourself. All of the shelves had labels like, "If you're looking for Frost, try shelf above." There were many paper notes sticking out of the books here and there, too, all highly opinionated. When I got to the cash register, I started snickering, because there was a large new version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with a note sticking out of it which said "RON DIES HERE".

Then, the last day, Mum and I decided we would feel so much better if we just took advantage of the nice hotel lounge with its nice Wi-Fi - and studied all day. I mean it. Joel went off for a stroll and came back to collect us at 4:30pm, when Mum was writing things down on her custom-designed note-taking pad, and I was glaring at Denison, as usual.

Okay, there's probably a lot more to say about Washington, but it's midnight according to my body clock (which is wrong; we just gained an hour by crossing over into Tennessee). Next time I'll either post more about Washington, or about the family meetings which made today feel like two days, not one.

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What's so baffling about American breakfasts?

The manner in which they are provided. It took us about 45 mins, on average, to source breakfast for ourselves each morning (granted, we were handicapping ourselves by not counting on the hotel). One breakfast place in particular was utterly confusing. All the self-serve rules are ingrained and unwritten.

Have fun, guys. I only live like 4 hours from DC and I've never gone to do touristy stuff.

Well, that's somewhat unfortunate. There are neat things. Might you try to fit some in before you go to England, or would it just not be so great without Ian?

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Heh, that's more lunches/dinners. Americans seem strangely diffident about breakfast. It's surprisingly hard to walk down the road, even in a cafe district, and get a recognisable breakfast.

Do you remember the name of the used bookstore in DC? My best friend is currently attending university in DC and it sounds like a place that she would love! :)

No, but it was within a block of the Eastern Market, which is marked reasonably well on the maps. The Eastern Market is a mini-suburb near Capitol Hill, centred on a large hall which has a farmers' market even on weekdays, and I think the book store was on a street on the southern side. I hope your friend goes there. It is a great place.

Darn you, Murphy...darn you to heck!

Naturally, you would end up in DC when I (halfway through a 2-year period of study in said city) was on the other side of the Atlantic, in Ireland! Ah well, I hope my current adopted city treated you well and that you didn't melt too badly from the record-setting heat!

We DO have some pretty kickass museums here, though, if I do say so myself...

Re: Darn you, Murphy...darn you to heck!

How did I not even know you were in DC? Weird. Actually, the record-breaking heat, which we have been told about, let up this week. It was pretty mild while we were there. Since we did a lot of walking, we were grateful.

Why say it yourself when so, so many other people can say it for you? ^!^

How are you, by the way?

And hey, you've been to New Zealand, yet nowhere near me. Turnabout?

Re: Darn you, Murphy...darn you to heck!

Oh thank goodness the weather let up for you! I was awful glad to be in Ireland for the worst of it.

I'm doing pretty well! Just returned from 6 weeks studying/traveling/visiting in Ireland which of course was marvelous. New semester starts tomorrow which is also exciting, except for the part where I'll be spending the first few weeks frantically filling out applications for NEXT year.

And this is very true about me being in the wrong parts of New Zealand! I will say I enjoyed every minute of it and fully intend to return, though! We'll have to manage to be in the same general part of the world at the same time, someday...hmm...

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