United States of America · 2 Days · 3 Moments · June 2017

Jessica's tour through China

25 June 2017

Today I was tired, so my family let me sleep in. But once we were up and going, we decided to use the bicycle system throughout the city. It's called Capital Bikeshare. We rode our bikes through the busy streets and made our way to the Holocaust museum. I learned so much about the heart breaking events of WW2 and was quite humbled. The exhibits were captivating and I'd love to go back again. We then spent a short time in the National Museum of American History. Dad and I tried the airplane simulators. I was the pilot and he was the guns-man. Let's just say... the simulator was not wrong when it gave us the title of "Rookies" when the ride came to an end. We then rode our bikes along the river to a newly opened poke shop near Georgetown University. It was delicious! We are now resting and we may go out for ice cream later this evening.

24 June 2017

Yesterday and today were quite eventful! We spend all of yesterday at the Smithsonian—Museum of Natural History. The taxidermy was incredible; it looked extraordinarily real. The geology exhibit was filled with countless collections of jewels and minerals. We then returned to our hotel to get ready for a nice dinner with close family friends. We took the metro for our very first time. It was a little confusing, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. It wasn't too long, and it was nice to be able to sit instead of walking so much. Dinner was a very nice and our friends were kind enough to take us on a night tour of Washington D.C. The monuments were much more beautiful at night than during the daytime because they were glowing and lit up.
At about 8:30 a.m., we arrived at the Washington Dulles airport. We took a shuttle to the State Plaza hotel. The hotel was extremely nice and I instantly fell into bed and took a nap. After we were rested, we walked to this restaurant called Wicked Waffle. I ordered a smoked salmon waffle-sandwich and my dad had Peking duck waffle-sandwich. We then walked to the White House. We ended up doing a lot of walking and saw the Washington Monument, the Veteran Memorial, and the Smithsonian Visitor's center. That night we took our first Lyft to the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts and watched the live production of "The Sound of Music." The show was spectacular—it brought tears to my eyes. Then we made our way back to the hotel. We are very tired and I should probably go to bed!