Friday, April 28, 2006

Day 2 & 3 of DC

The capitol up close

FBI police car! We actually wanted to have a tour inside the FBI building, but it was temporarily closed...the building is actually quite disappointingly boring though. pooh.

After ALL the walking, we had a rewarding dinner at Hard Rock Cafe...where Carol & I shared a legendary 101 burger, and I was SO full. Even Gabe & Ambrose were 'struggling' with their "pull-pork sandwich"...massive. Ugh. No more burgers for me for a while...

The Ben & Jerry's here are like USD5 for 2 tubs!! Cool stuff, we're even thinking of going to Vermont to check out the Ben & Jerry's factory in July/August...=)

The White House!! Actually that was kinda disappointing, cos we couldn't really get up close (which I guess is logical), and it looked so puny from far away...cos 1)we were really far away 2) the wings and neighbouring buildings like the Eisenhower Executive Office Building & the Dept of the Treasury were hidden behind trees. But yeah, ladies & gentlemen, THE WHITE HOUSE!

DAY 3 (today)
The washington monument...and just one of the many flags surrounding it. Wanted to go up, but when we got there, the tickets to go up were all sold out. And it was only 10plus in the morning! It's actually only 170m tall, but no other building in DC is allowed to be taller than the washington monument. So you can actually see the distinctive feature of the washington monument wherever you are...

The Lincoln Memorial, really beautiful from the outside with its Roman pillars. But seem pretty...hmm 'interesting' on closer look, cos after a seeing all these people who have monuments and huge memorials with their huge statues in memory of them, you get the feeling they are 'worshipped' to the certain extent, cos the awe created and magnitude of their name and honour is so great...

The Korean War memorial - "Our nation honours her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."
"Freedom is not free."

As a cheap alternative, we had packed lunch on the lawn in between the lincoln memorial (in the backdrop) and the washington monument, along the reflecting pool...yummy.


The Thomas Jefferson Memorial...with an ugly scaffolding at the side =P He's most famously known as the author of the Declaration of American Independence.
Famous words: "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
I realise a lot of America's leaders are really really good orators...people just don't say things like this anymore.

Arlington Cemetary, which stretches for miles and miles! It's the burial grounds for veterans from every war...and burials are still ongoing.

JFK's burial ground, with his wife & children buried next to him...the fire will never burn out.

The sunset over the amphitheatre of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It's actually to comemorate the soldiers who were unidentified during the war...

Ok I realise my post is quite boring, but all the happening photos were not taken with my camera! there was this shot where we did an SMU jump in front of the washington memorial, where we all scrambled onto a cedar-looking tree (and nic took quite some time to come down from his perch haha) and this boyband-quality photo of all of us, looking seh. haha. Ah well, maybe next time when we consolidate our pictures.

And today, my goodness. It hasn't been a week since we left Singapore, but the guys are like really craving for Chinese food, and all the mouth-watering local delights back bahkuteh, timsum, spicy laksa...hmmmm ok i'm making myself feel hungry right now! I'm sick of burgers already, but let's hope I don't get sick of Italian food just yet =)

Next stop (tomorrow): Georgetown University!

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