Last month, my daughter and I went to Washington DC to visit some schools. We had a wonderful time. Here you get my random thoughts of DC and the schools we saw, and just thoughts in general.
- DC is a great city.
- Our biggest problem with DC was the transit system. I know- we know how to commute in NYC. We figured out how to commute in France. But DC? Nope. Different stations cost different amounts of money. Two people can’t share one fair card. The whole city is not accessible my subway. I’m sure if we lived there we would figure it out. But we found it frustrating.
- The museums are spectacular. And free.
- The art museums were quieter than the other museums. This was odd to us, because we’re used to lone lines and big crowds at the NYC art museums. I’m guessing it’s because of the amount of tourists with young children. Why see paintings when you can see planes.
- We never figured out how to get to the Jefferson Memorial. We saw it. Just couldn’t get there.
- Kennedy Center. To be able to house a few different theaters in one location, with its perfect location on the water. Wonderful. And they have free music in the lobby at 6pm.
- Georgetown. My kid loved this school. Great pre-law. The funny moment was when we got to the gates of the school. We got out of our Uberpool, and the first thing she said was “This might be too rural for me.” Georgetown. In DC. Where you can see the Washington Monument. Too rural. I just looked at her and she could see the WTF in my eyes.
- American. She really liked this school. Phenomenal pre-law school. Gorgeous campus.
- George Washington- Foggy Bottom campus. My kid did not think she would like this school because she was looking to top out at 10,000 undergrads and GW is larger, but she was pleasantly surprised. Also great pre-law.
- When we visit museums on vacation, we do what we refer to as the highlights tour, Before we get to a museum, we research which works we want to see. We find it impossible to look at an entire museum, so we pick our faves and concentrate on 10-15 works. This worked really well with the exception of National Portrait Gallery. My daughter thinks Alice Paul is wonderful and she read that NPG had a portrait of her. Alas, it was not on display when we got there.
- Dorothy’s ruby slippers were also not on display. A little bummed, but life goes on.
- Disappointed in the spy museum- thought the NYC one was better. But, as this is a really popular place, if you choose to visit, buy tickets in advance. You’ll thank me later.
- DC is an awesome food city. We did not have a bad meal. Founding Farmers for breakfast and Ted’s Bulletin were our faves though.
- If you go to DC, wear good shoes. We walked about 20 miles a day. When we got to the hotel my whole leg area was crushed.
- Cherry Blossoms. One of my bucket list items was to see the cherry blossoms over the tidal basin in DC. A highlight of my life. It was wonderful.
That is the brief summary of our trip. I’m going to regale you with pictures tomorrow, assuming my internet isn’t playing the games that it’s been playing for two days.