My Trip To Washington D.C.
Hey ya'll!!! Some of you already know that I went to Washington D.C. this past week before school started and this was actually the first family trip that includes everyone besides my baby cousin and its the first time I have visited a state in the northern part of the U.S. so this was very exciting for me. This trip was very long and so be prepared for long paragraphs.
TRAVELING TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Since this trip lasted about a week and there were 8 people coming on the trip, we had to pack A LOT of stuff. My mom and grandma rented a 12 passenger seat van (it looked like a kidnapping van lol) for the trip and we had so much stuff to the point where there was literally no room left in the van once everyone got in their seats.
We were driving from Florida to Washington D.C., so it took about 14 hours to get there plus the times we had to take rest stops because we were driving straight through. We left our house at around 8 PM Tuesday and the check in time was around 3:00 PM on Wednesday.
Now, Since I was in the very back with my sister, we had the longest seat so I made myself a little bed and laid down. It wasn't as comfortable as I would've wanted it to be, but it was better than sitting up for 14 hours straight! My knees began to hurt since it was so crowded in the car. And the ride got very annoying because it felt like my family decided to stop at every single gas station or rest stop. So it took us forever to get to the hotel. Everyone was tired and I was hungry because I was eating junk food for most of the ride there. The only real food that I had was a Cuban sandwich that we prepared before going on the trip so we could eat on our way there. So if I had to use one word to describe travelling to Washington D.C., it would be "miserable".
This was Wednesday when we first arrived at the hotel. It was around 3 PM when we arrived and we went inside the hotel and everyone was tired and hungry. So on Wednesday, we didn't do much except rest and get prepared for doing something the next day. My grandma, granddad, and mom went to the store to pick up some stuff and so it was just me, my two sisters, my uncle, and my older sisters boyfriend at the hotel. The happy hour started at like 5 PM and so we decided to go down to the lobby since the hotel was supposed to be having pizza. So we went down and there weren't many people there and so we got our food and sat down. They had only cheese pizza, garlic bread, and salad. I was kind of disappointed because there was only cheese pizza and they didn't have any good dressings for the salad so I just got French dressing to try it out for the first time. At first, everything tasted fine and I think that was because of the fact that we were all hungry. But after a while, the food started to get very gross and I was so disgusted and I felt like I needed to throw up. The garlic bread was hard and you could tell it wasn't fresh at all. The cranberry juice tasted watered down and made everything worse. We were all laughing while making fun of the food and ever since, we called it "Disappointment hour". After that, we just decided to walk around the hotel for no reason. We went in the exercising room and the pool area. We took the stair case back up to our room and was just laughing and making jokes the whole time. It was really funny even though the food was horrible.
This is the day when everyone had energy and was in a good mood. We got up early and went to breakfast downstairs and I was hoping that it wouldn't be disappointing like the disappointment hour BUT the breakfast wasn't very good either. The only thing was good in my opinion was the bagel with cream cheese and strawberry jam. I told my family to rate their breakfast and most of the ratings were not even over 5. My granddad called his breakfast "death valley" lol. I gave it like a 7 just because of the bagel. But it the food was free and kept me for most of the afternoon. So after eating, we decided to go to the zoo in Washington DC. The reason we did this is to just try something light and go outside and see how everything was. And the zoo was free anyways so we decided to check it out. It was extremely hot but the hot in Washington was different than the hot in Florida. It wasn't as hot and even when it did feel like the devil's toe jams, there was still a light breeze that made it even cooler. The hot in Washington DC is like the transition of winter to spring in Florida. After we went to the zoo, we rode through CityCenter DC which is where there are many shopping centers and there are monuments nearby. We did not get out the car but we just drove through just to see what it was all about. And we planned on going there the next day!
We decided to go to CityCentral DC and look around and see the monuments that were nearby. Literally everything was in this area so we decided to walk throughout the park instead of taking a guided tour. The tours cost a minimum of like 40 dollars a person and that is a lot of money for 8 people so we decided to save that money and walk it out. I preferred to walk anyways so we can take our time to see everything and take pictures. Some of the things we saw were the Treasury Department, The White House, The Red Cross, Memorial Continental Hall, The Washington Monument, etc. We also visited the African American Museum. It was very eventful and fun that day. I think this day we tried some food from the food stands. I also want to mention that when we visited the White House, the energy in this area was very sorrowful. There were many protests going on and the environment was just very sad in my opinion. We also went to the mall in Maryland this day just look around. They gave out A LOT of stuff there. I liked that mall lol.
Even though things were going well, this is a big family and believe it or not, families don't always get along or have a good time 24/7. As we were walking, we stopped by a restaurant because I had to use the restroom and we wanted smoothies to help us cool down. There was also a shirt stand nearby so we went to check out the shirts that they had. There was this man who looked kinda like a crackhead but I am not sure so I won't come to any conclusions. Anyways, the man was throwing food and when my older sister and her boyfriend was walking to the shirt stand, he threw salad at my sister and her boyfriend got mad and the man was just yelling and being disrespectful to my sister. My uncle seen everything and things went from 0 to 100....real quick. I thought that there was going to be a huge fight in the streets of DC! We tried to calm everyone down but at that point, everyone was pretty mad at what happened. The exact same day, my mom and older sister got into an argument because my mom wouldn't let my sister and her boyfriend go to the car and put some bags down in the car. It was all foolishness honestly and I was tired of everyone arguing. But at the end of the day, everyone calmed down and things were fine.
We did not finish seeing everything at CityCenter DC so we decided to go there when it was night time to see how it would look. So we hung out at the hotel for most of the day and we left at around 6-7 PM and it took an hour to drive there. So we seen most of everything but we wanted to see the Lincoln memorial and the MLK Memorial. As we were walking, we seen many other things but those two memorials were the main things we wanted to see. We arrived to the Lincoln Memorial first and there were a lot of people just hanging out on the stairs. We walked up the stairs and took some pictures but it was so high and I was pretty scared to go down the stairs (Yep, I am afraid of heights) I had to have someone else help me walk down and I was holding on to the rails because I was so scared. I've never been so scared of going down stairs and I think that part of the reason why I was so scared was because I fell down my aunt's stairs a couple of weeks ago lol. We went down the bathrooms that were under the Lincoln Memorial and that was one of the worst bathroom's that I've ever seen in my life; it was kind of disrespectful in a way. And when I got out, we went up an elevator because the sign said that there was a bookstore on the next level. Well, that sign lied because it just brought us right back up to the Lincoln Memorial. The elevator was horrifying by the way. Next, we went to the MLK memorial and it was so pretty and you could see buildings over the water too. The statue of him was nice.
So what I forgot to mention was the fact that one of the rooms in our hotel had a very bad smell in it. My mom, grandma, and granddad said that it smelled like a dead rat. So we were moved to another room and this is where things start to go downhill. As I mentioned before, there were 8 people on the trip and so we did bring a blow up bed for my older sister and her boyfriend (Mind you, my older sister is married to another guy and never got divorced but they are separated). Me, my younger sister, and my mom shared the bigger room in the hotel and my grandparents were in a room by themselves, and my uncle, older sister, and her boyfriend were sharing the living room and my uncle had the pull out bed. So my older sister was mad at my mom because she wanted to stay in the bigger room. But the thing is, is that my mom offered for her to share the room with us but without her boyfriend. My older sister did not want to sleep anywhere without her boyfriend so she pretty much chose to sleep on the blow up bed. But my mom did not want her boyfriend to sleep in the same room as us because of many reasons that I won't explain here. Her boyfriend was okay with it but my sister was just mad and she said she would sleep out in the car (which doesn't make any sense). And then she decided that she wasn't going to go with us that day. So she and her boyfriend stayed at the hotel while everyone else left. This pretty much got everyone in a bad mood in the beginning of the day. It was annoying because this was like our last day of the trip.
Anyways, so on the fifth day, we decided to take it easy because the next day, my mom and whoever else would have to drive straight home. So we went to a restaurant in Maryland called G&M restaurant and I got a crab cake meal since Maryland is supposedly famous for their crab cakes and I could see why because those crab cakes were off the chain. After that, we decided to just ride through Baltimore and I honestly just wanted to see if I would see a large rat and catch it on camera lol. But we pretty much drove through the projects and it was very eye opening and sad. There was literally trash everywhere. I have seen places like this before but this was by far the worst I've ever seen
After this, we came back to the hotel to rest up for the next day.
All we did on this day was check out of the hotel and start travelling back home. But on our way back home, we stopped by Howard University and we also went to the Chinese restaurant called Jerry's Carry Out to try Mumbo sauce which is something that Washington DC is supposed to be famous for. The place looked horrible but the food was actually really good. Most of the time the hole in the wall restaurants have the best food anyways. We left on Monday and arrived back home on Tuesday morning. I was kind of sad to leave because even though it was hectic, I did have a lot of fun and on top of that school starts back so I really enjoyed the small break that I did have up in Washington DC.
The only complaints that I do have about the trip is that most of the roads were horrible! The need to improve their roads. The people there were crazy drivers and there were literally people everywhere just walking around and didn't care if they got hit by a car. And when it was time for pedestrians to walk by, the cars didn't even care and would sometimes drive through anyways. The people there were fed up and rude and I can understand why (its so congested there) but I am just not used to that kind of energy and didn't like the way people acted. There were some really nice people there as well but many of them had attitudes. I really liked to hear the northern accents the people had. The life up there is just a lot different than what I am used to. Even though it is crowded in some areas of Florida, DC is a whole other level or crowded. The houses were so beautiful and different. The weather was really nice and the amount of things you could do was amazing. I really had a lot of fun and I would encourage anyone to visit if you want to find a place to travel to!
The 7th day was spend travelling back to Florida!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this :)