So I took a break from the interwebs this past weekend to vacation with my family and friends around Washington DC. It was my last summertime hurrah before I return to school, and I left having a pleasant experience!
The early daytime weather was quite kind to us as we spent part of our day wandering the National Zoo (just after a Starbucks treat from across the street!) The zoo is free of charge, and was very delightful and interesting! Attempting to spot the shy or less than sociable animals hiding in the enclosures is part of the fun! Speaking of which, if you’re looking for the Giant Pandas after 2:30pm, they get put in the indoor enclosures for the day, which are quite informative on their lives. What was more interesting though was my visit with the great cats. The lions and tigers were quite vocal when I saw them. It was as if they were yelling at each other from across the barriers that separate them.
After the Zoo, we had lunch at a neat place called Noodles and Company, right across from the metro station. The restaurant’s specialty is, of course, noodle dishes of Asian, Mediterranean, and even American cuisine for around $8 (USD). From there we hopped on the metro to do some sight-seeing. We walked by Ford’s Theatre and the place where President Lincoln died— probably would’ve gone in for the tours if we had tickets. Then, we trekked up Pennsylvania Avenue—passing the Navy Memorial—and wound up at Madame Tussads. Just before my family entered the attraction, two busloads of Japanese tourists unloaded in front of us. So my first visit to the famous wax museum chain started off a little crowded as they took advantage of photo opportunities every step of the way, but it was still neat nonetheless.
Some friends we visited while there suggested a
place in Reston called Big Bowl for dinner. Another great place for Asian cuisine, this place has a special stir fry buffet where you can select the rice, vegetables, protein, and sauce you want. Jasmine rice is best selection if you want to eat with chopsticks.
I just wish we had more time to spend there. There’s so much to do and see that you just can’t quite fit into a day if sightseeing isn’t a priority. I had a great time regardless. It was good seeing my family friends again. I would love to go again for more sightseeing given the opportunity!