Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Travel Tuesday: USA Roadtrip #2 Washington, DC.


After an incredible day in Niagara, we packed our bags, said goodbye to the hostel and traipsed down to the nearest bus stop to catch the bus back up to Buffalo. After my first ever Arbys experience (incredible curly fries), we got on the one hour connecting bus back to downtown Buffalo. Suited and booted with our rucksacks as travellers usually are, I can honestly say it was one of the scariest things I've ever endured, let's just say that the citizens of Buffalo are not ones to be messed with. 

We arrived at Buffalo Met late evening and had to wait until 2 in the morning for our bus to arrive. Still severely jet-lagged, I jumped at the chance to have my first nap since arriving in the USA 30 hours previous to the following photo. Who knew rucksacks could be so comfortable?


After a gruelling 11 hour bus journey from Buffalo to DC, we were ready to start the next leg of our east coast adventure. First on the list... a shower! So, after a mini tour of DC from a lovely taxi driver,  we checked into our hostel, Duo Housing. The cutest hostel I've ever stayed in, like home from home, filled with lovely staff and fellow travellers. Feeling human again after a shower and yet another cat nap, we decided to make the most of the time we had in DC, so we navigated ourselves to the nearest bus route and hopped onboard to downtown DC. 


Still suffering from a lack of sleep and a proper meal, we didn't make it very far before I mentioned the D word "Dinner". So, after a quick stroll around, we headed back up to hostel to get Wi-Fi and decide where we wanted to dine. One thing we knew we wanted to do whilst in DC, was hit up the one and only Nando's in the entirety of the USA. I couldn't have thought of any better way to kickstart my devilishly unhealthy eating plan. Carrying a food baby the size of a woman 20 weeks pregnant, with leaden steps, we made our way back to the hostel, only to crawl and to bed and say goodbye to the whirring sounds of the city life that continued as I fell unconscious in my suprisingly-comfortable-for-a-hostel bunk bed.


Bright and beamy we woke up the next day to the smell of home made pancakes seeping through the gap underneath the door. After sprucing up for the day, we made our way upstairs to the kitchen and piled copious amounts pancakes onto our plastic blue plates. We sat out on the balcony and ate breakfast, asking about how one another slept and discussing plans for the day. I distinctly remember just being awe-struck about the fact that I was in America, with my two best friends, making memories that I will one day tell my grandchildren about.


Naturally, a trip this big doesn't just happen on it's own. The girls and I took great privilege in having many dinners out planning what we wanted to do in each city, and we bookmarked the things we most wanted to do. The International Spy Museum was second on the list for DC, following Nando's of course. Probably the best museum I've ever been to, with secret vents to crawl through and an identity to keep throughout the museum. We spent most of the day exploring the Smithsonian museums, only stopping for a short lunch break in Subway, much better than the English Subs. 

After being all museumed out, we spent the rest of our time downtown touring the statues and monuments, of which there are many. We walked our little feet off, saw some incredible sights, and I endured my first ever snow cone, a strange yet super tasty concept.


After an exhausting day, we made our way back to hostel, stopping off at a local supermarket to pick up some pizza's for dinner, alongside some other goodies. We cooked dinner and decided to spend our last evening in DC at the hostel with the various other travellers. We ate Ben & Jerry's Peach Cobbler on the rooftop, watched American Idol with girls from all around the world, caught up on social media, and skyped home. Probably one of those "you had to be there" moments, but that evening in the hostel was one of my favourite memories from the whole trip.


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