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Washington, D.C.

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Well, this is my last round of photos from my summer trip before I have to go back to regular blogging (it’s been so long). Anyways, our last stop on our little trip before we prepared ourselves for the long way home was Washington, D.C. We only spent the afternoon so we didn’t get to see much, but my sister and I had traveled there before, during which we also went inside the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of Natural History. Because of the heat, we opted to stay behind while my parents went to visit the Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean memorials, which we had also seen before. So, unfortunately, there are no photos of those!

I really love Washington, although I didn’t think much of it before I visited it for the first time. It’s a beautiful city, with so much to see, and I would love to go back to do a proper visit, where I can finally visit the National Museum of American History, the National Gallery of Art, as well as the National Crime Museum, and the International Museum of Espionage, among other things. It’s a fantastic city, especially for tourists!

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Viriginia Beach

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Unfortunately, we only spent two days in New York City, after which we packed up on our way to a condo my dad rented in Williamsburg, Virginia. We spent some time shopping and visiting the colonial areas, but we spent the last two days of our visit there at the beach because of the heat. Since my sister and I had been there a couple of years earlier we didn’t bother taking any pictures. I don’t have any photos of the colonial areas we visited, and most of the photos I took at the beach were of my brother. Also, it may not be appear this way in the photos, but it was extremely hot and sunny! Perfect beach weather, and I already miss it.

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NYC: Day 2

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

While our first day in New York dealt mostly with checking out Times Square and soaking up the city’s energy, our second day was mostly spent trying to take in a few sights. Unfortunately, because of the blazing heat, we weren’t able to see much. We spent most of our day in Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And we then spent the evening at our chosen Broadway show In the Heights.

First stop: The box office for our Broadway Show.This is the poster found outside.

The M&Ms store. We went in mostly for the air conditioning.

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NYC: Day 1

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I know I promised that I’d post pictures a few days ago, but I once again got lazy and procrastinated transferring my photos from my camera onto my laptop. I actually decided to do it yesterday, but I couldn’t find my memory card and was in a little bit of a panic because I thought maybe I’d vacuumed it by mistake. It turned out that my father had borrowed it to put the photos onto his computer, so I finally got it back. Anyways, here are some of the photos that I took on my first day of vacation, which was spent in New York City. This was after an eight hour long car ride, so we didn’t do much except explore the city, but the walk itself was amazing.

The highlight of the evening was definitely the walk through Times Square. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a street corner that it that illuminated. It looked just like on tv, with the Broadway and television ads lighting up the whole street.

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Back in the Great White North

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Well, I’m back home!

I actually came home last night, but I was too tired to even check my e-mail (although my sister and I stayed up until 3 in the morning playing video games that we bought at a sale in New York). As expected, I got very little internet access while I was in the US. The hotel that we stayed two nights in New Jersey, as well as the one in Pennsylvania where we stayed for our last night had Wi-Fi, but the condo that we spent six nights in Virginia did not. My dad payed 20$ to get internet on his laptop, and while my sister and I were allowed use it, it was only late at night for an hour or so before we went to bed.

I cannot begin to describe the amount of fun that I had during this trip, especially while were in New York City. I have been dying to see Manhattan since I was a kid, and even if the rest of the trip had been lousy, I would have still said I had a great time because of that day and a half I spent in the city. Although, to be honest, we didn’t see very much. There are dozens of things that I wanted to see in New York, but my father had warned me that we were just making a stopover, so I shouldn’t expect too much out of it. We spent a lot of time in Times Square, the Theater District, Central Park,¬† as well as Bryant Park. We also spent a couple of hours touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art, although it wasn’t nearly enough! I could have spent all day in there looking at the art (not to mention that it was boiling hot outside, and the museums were nicely air conditioned!). We mostly walked around the city taking in the atmosphere and passing by places likes Rockefeller Center and Radio City Musical Hall. Strangely enough, we did not see the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty, since we were pressed for time. Oh well, next time!

The highlight of our time in the city was definitely my sister and I’s birthday present - a Broadway Show. We originally planned to see Wicked but had difficulty buying tickets in advance (they were charging us 40$ to ship them to Canada! Ridiculous!). Instead, we stopped by the In the Heights box office early in the morning and got two tickets that were in the middle orchestra. There aren’t enough words to describe how spectacular our seats were. And the show was absolutely amazing – it’s one of my favorites, and I was thrilled to see it. My sister was hesitant about it, but she downloaded the soundtrack as soon as we got home yesterday. And she bought a shirt with Corbin Bleu on the front.

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