…and it was over just like that. Three months in Europe, gone in a flash. It is crazy how time flies when you’re having fun. As we looked up from our books on the Megabus, we found ourselves surrounded by Washington DC.
…with Shaun in tow as a DC virgin. What this means is that I finally get to hit all of those memorials I had avoided like the plague the last time I was here with Diana. *SQUEE!*
I almost feel guilty as Stephanie from Twenty-Something Travel takes us around the must sees of DC on her millionth guest tour. But at least she appeared interested. That is all that matters right?
Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. We arrived less than two weeks after the election and on Veteran’s Day. The city was oozing patriotism (more than usual?). That and the freak hurricane Sandy and the following blizzard had cleared out to give us the most perfect, clear, warm days.
Is it possible our rain curse is over?
I’m not holding my breath on that one.
This time we eased back into our American life a million times easier than when we came back from Latin America. We knew what to expect.
Most of all, we were ready to come home.
We happily walked across DC, feeling the sunshine on our faces. Even though the mood was quite somber, I felt lucky to have been there at this time.
The Vietnam War Memorial was packed to the brim with veterans, family members, and onlookers squeezing their way through the line to pay their respects. Taps could be heard in the background and veterans were telling their war stories.
Shaun was geeking out like no other with his Dan Brown obsession as we walked down the mall. We even got the opportunity to stop by the National Archives. Do you know how freaking AWESOME it is to see the original Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights?! *GEEK OUT* (Okay, so I had some very serious nerd moments as well.)
As we walked down the mall with the autumn foliage, I became very aware how lucky we were that we had only scheduled a few days here.
I think I would have to start paying rent in all the museums and monuments had we stayed here any longer…
It feels so good to be on your home soil.