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Washington, DC

On the way to Washington, we stopped off at some outlet malls for a bit of t-shirt swapping (wearing two t-shirts over and over can really wear on a woman’s soul). We were hungry and Yelp’d our way to Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches. Oh my goodness. Just go look at some of those photos. There was so much turkey in our sandwich, it was almost hard to eat (though we did get really sleepy afterwards). Despite that, it was well worth our 5 mile detour for that experience!

Graham and I are both not into politics, so seeing DC was more for the giant structures than the history. Though, in hindsight, a walking tour would have been beneficial as it would have been nice to know something about each pretty building that we saw.

Washington Monument
Washington Monument

WWII Memorial
WWII Memorial
WWII Memorial
WWII Memorial
From the WWII Memorial website: The Freedom Wall commemorates the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives. During WWII, the gold star was the symbol of family sacrifice. There are about 4,000 gold stars, each star representing 100 soldiers.
From the WWII Memorial website: The Freedom Wall commemorates the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives. During WWII, the gold star was the symbol of family sacrifice. There are about 4,000 gold stars, each representing 100 people.

Lincoln Memorial
We were actually there!
We were actually there!

Hey there, Lincoln.
Hey there, Abe.

The Three Soldiers statue commemorates the Vietnam War.
The Three Soldiers statue commemorates the Vietnam War.
As do these walls with engraved names.
As do these walls with engraved names.

The constitution gardens.
The Constitution Gardens
This is as close as we got to the White House.

One of my LSHTM friends lives in DC, so we got together for lunch at Cuba Libre before she jetted off to Geneva to help the Ebola response!

The Newseum posts the front page of every State newspaper (and some other major world hubs) every morning!
The Newseum posts the front page of every State newspaper (and some other major world hubs) every morning!

At Gravelly Point Park, you can watch planes fly LITERALLY over your head and land at the airport. What a cool experience!

We were also about to watch the Antares Rocket launch from this amazing spot, but it was postponed until the next day due to a ship in the area.

We stayed at A+B’s, Graham’s friends, just outside of DC in Dunkirk, Maryland. Anytime B made food (he is a fantastic cook), you would find us like this:

A has a cool hobby… she rescues sugar gliders!

And with these two cute pups, it was a full house (not to mention they were sitting for a black lab at the time, too):

Kona and Sweet Pea
Kona and Sweet Pea
Why do you take pictures of me, human?
Why do you take pictures of me, human?

Thanks for the oasis away from home, A+B!

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