Monday, October 15, 2012

Four days in Washington DC

Most trips back home for me are filled with going to colorado to visit my brothers, or a week at our holiday house for a family reunion - and very few days at home. And home is what I crave.

Our trip back to the US was planned as soon as we realised we wanted a September wedding. I had two main goals for the trip: I wanted to have our wedding on my parents farm (check!) and I wanted to spend three weeks at home on the farm (major fail).

This started to go awry when we invited some Aussie friends to our wedding and then to my grandparents' holiday house - and although they didn't end up making it to the wedding/the US, we somehow still went to the holiday house.

The plan went further afield when a work conference popped up during the 3 weeks I'd be in the US, in DC. It's something my employers couldn't afford to send me to normally, but since I was already in the US - it was perfect.  So I went.

Inspector Climate was pretty excited, he's never been to DC and he was excited to go the American History Museum and other museums to learn more about America.  Fair enough I guess.

I have some friends in DC who I haven't seen in awhile (some YEARS - like 6, and some just a year, and others I'd never met before (blog friends!)) and I was excited to meet up with them, but I dreaded leaving NH.

We stopped on our drive down to the airport to have a meeting with an immigration lawyer in the US just to see if there was anything we should be doing to help Inspector Climate get a Visa. The short answer Green cards are very different than permanent residency in Australia - who knew! A green card is considered 'abandoned' if you leave the US for more than six months at a time. So, clearly getting one while we live in Australia isn't really worth it!

Anyway, so we spent four days in DC: this is what it looked like.

On our first day there, we walked down to the mall to check out some of the memorials:

What's up Lincoln?

Checking out the new Martin Luther King Memorial - love.

The memorial has heaps of quotes from MLK, and this was my favourite: "I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits"

And this was Inspector Climate's: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

The view from the World War II memorial.

From the balcony of the Newseum looking out towards the capital building.

I met up with each of my three friends in DC separately - and when I asked them where they thought we should eat they all said "Founding Farmers, I haven't been but I've heard it's GREAT."  We ate their twice once with my college roommate (the one that didn't pee on the floor) for dinner (Inspector Climate ate fried chicken on waffles!) and once for Brunch with Rachel from Diary of Why (which was amazing! I loved meeting one of my oldest blogging friends for the first time. Rachel is a delight - and you should probably be reading her blog).

To be fair, Founding Farmers is apparently quite hip AND right up Inspector Climate and my alley - it's organically and locally sourced food!

But despite seeing and reconnecting with old friends, the highlight of the trip happened when we were standing in line at security at the airport. The woman was checking people's passports/ids and when she saw mine she BURST out laughing.

"That" she said, "is hilarious. I'm not going to show anyone your picture, but I've been doing this for 10 years, and I've never seen such a funny image."

And if that is not a claim to fame, I'm not sure what is!

Oh, so you want to see this photo you say?

Ok, I'm a giver...

You're welcome.


  1. Aww, my home town! I lived there for 37 years and have never heard of "Founding Fathers!" How was it?

  2. I'm so glad you guys visited DC.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures in pictures..and of course, the last picture too. I think it has character quality.

  3. Oh my Goddddddddddddddd, your passport photo!!! It's phenomenal, it really is.

    Also, thank you for mentioning Founding Fathers - I've just added it to my list of places to go when I'm in DC in January!! :)

  4. You met Rachel from DoW?? That's so cool! I'd love to meet her in person one day.

    SOunds like a nice trip...I haven't been to nearly as many major US cities as I'd like.

    And that passport photo of yours wins the internet.

  5. Tee hee! You're too sweet. It was great meeting you and Inspector C.

    Crystal, I'd love to meet you too! Come to DC!

    And your picture, D...yes. It is the best.

  6. hahaha i cant believe she said that about your phot....but it is kinda funny :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog, your trip looks great!

  7. I am SO glad you shared your passport picture. Seriously just awesome :)

  8. I'm jealous of your passport pic! Mine is terrible. Just terrible. Not funny or cute or full of character. Just terrible! BAH!!

  9. Is it weird that I tend to forget you're from the US? I guess it's all the Aussie talk ;)


    but seriously. i love dc to death and i tell everyone to go to founding farmers or just don't bother going to dc at all.


  11. I love that quote from MLK you posted....and I LOL on that comment from the officer. For the record, I have seen funnier ones (well....just mine actually....)!

  12. Very jealous because I LOVE DC so much, it's one of my favorite places. It looks like you guys had a great time!

  13. I love DC! Never been but want to soooo bad! Farm weddings are the best and ID pics aren't meant to look good:)

  14. YOU are too hilarious! That picture is so funny. HAHAHAHAHA Awesome!!! Glad you had a great time. That new MLK memorial is fantastic. Thanks for sharing these pics.

  15. DC is such a fun city! I have only been a few times, but there's so much to do, we can do new things every time we go.

  16. Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it!

  17. I LOVE your passport photo, it's a total keeper. I look like a serial killer in mine {even the people at the post office though so}, I'd love to swap :).

    I usually dread going NH because of all the traffic. Summer houses and then skiing. It's pretty there though.

  18. Looks like you had a great time. I've vicariously enjoyed your visit to DC. We had an hour stopover twice at the airport and was always wondering how the city looks like.

  19. You always make me laugh!!!

    If you could see my picture you wouldn't would just cringe.

  20. Haha! Your passport photo seriously made my day! I'm so glad that you had a wonderful time in DC!! :)

  21. Hi! Thanks for checking out my blog! I love reading other expat's experiences. Your pic is kinda funny. Mine looks nothing like me either. I've never had chicken and waffles, but I hear it's a MUST eat.

  22. LMAO! Oh hon, I'm not laughing at you, I'm.. OK, I'm just laughing at a picture. Which I think is adorable, by the way. Wish mine looked that good.

    Been out of it a while, glad to see your life is still crazy cool. ;)

    BTW, 27 was MUCH better than 26 .. but skip the 30's.

  23. That pic is too funny!! Sorry that you didn't get to spend enough time at home, but it sounds like your adventures were awesome! I love D.C. and I definitely need to go back and see that Martin Luther King memorial. It looks amazing.

  24. You have such a great sense of humour. I would have been mortified and offended - and I would have cried! lol it's a great picture though! xoxox

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  25. Ha, yes! That picture is just about the greatest thing I have seen all week. You are too funny, girl! And this all looks like so much fun! I've never been to DC before!
    xo TJ

  26. I went to Washington D.C when I was in the fourth grade & I made my dad a little scrapbook of it. I got to meet a bunch of the senators because of his job (which at the time I could care less) but now I look back on all the awesome places we went to & saw & the people we met & think jeez it would have been a lot more meaningful when I was older lol!!

  27. I haven't been to DC since they put up the MLK monument. Thanks for sharing! I can't believe the lady laughed at your photos. I see id's EVERY day at work and I don't think it's that bad.

  28. I was in DC just last July :) it was my first visit to the United States and we had stayed a week in NYC before. I liked the DC area so much more! :) x