The President of Mexico and I decided to drop into Washington DC (2010)

In May 2010 I decided to leave my job in Australia and travel around the world before moving to the USA. This journey ended up involving travelling in 18 countries on 4 continents (North America, Europe, Asia and Australia) and taking me around the world 1.5 times over a 12 month period! I wrote a number of travel emails from that trip and I thought it would be fun to revisit them with some additional info and photos. The following blog is Part 2 of that journey (USA Florida, Virginia and Washington DC).

May 20th, 2010

Hi All,

Currently in Washington DC, weather is nice and sunny, looked like it was going to rain all week, but luckily that has changed! I saw President Obama’s helicopter fly over this morning, the President of Mexico has inconveniently arrived just before me. Could get nowhere near the White House today!

White House washington dc
White House

The last week has been great, besides hanging out with my cousins and the Florida crew, eating great food (pork roast and sushi are highlights, the Cajun combo I ate in Fort Lauderdale not so good…nearly vomited….), I have been to Miami Beach (long white beaches and lots of art deco buildings), drove up the east coast of Southern Florida and got to see how the other half live – white beaches, amazing mansions and luxury yachts!

Miami Beach art deco
Miami Beach
Miami Beach
Miami Beach

I got to see the second last launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center – even though we were a fair way off the noise and vibration in the air was pretty amazing. Great day – fun just hanging around for hours people watching on the Banana RiverBANG! The shuttle launches and it’s all over in 5 minutes!

space shuttle atlantis launch cape kennedy space centre
Atlantis

Oh and I got stung by a wasp playing Frisbee golf in Florida, the game was fun but the wasp was rather annoying as I am allergic! Luckily dodged a bullet and only ended up with a huge red welt like a massive itchy mossie bite on my side about the size of my hand!

Since then I have caught a flight to Virginia, and stayed in Chantilly for a couple of days….no lace to speak of, actually not much there are all except for the airport and the awesome Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Annex – Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a huge place which amongst hundreds of military and civilian aircraft has the Space Shuttle Enterprise, a Concorde supersonic jetliner, rare Axis (German and Japanese) aircraft from WW2 and the “Enola Gay” the B-29 bomber that dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima in WW2. Needless to say I spent the whole day there!

Space shuttle Enterprise smithsonian chantilly VA
Enterprise
concorde smithsonian chantilly va
Concorde
Japanese WW2 Aircraft smithsonian VA
Japanese WW2 Aircraft
Dornier Do-335 Pfiel (Arrow) smithsonian chantilly VA
Dornier Do-335 Pfiel (Arrow)
enola gay b-29 smithsonian VA USA
Enola Gay
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird smithsonian chantilly va
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Today in Washington DC I have been looking about the Smithsonian museums that line the Mall here. Off exploring the city again tomorrow (the monuments and the Capitol Building). Then onto Philadelphia for a few days.

washington memorial reflecting pool
Washington Memorial & Reflecting Pool
Lincoln Memorial Washington DC
Lincoln Memorial
korean war memorial Washington DC
Korean War Memorial
capitol building Washington DC
Capitol Building
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