This was the worst vacation I have ever been on. We called the Motel 6 in Laurel because it was the cheapest of the many in the area, the employee's also informed me that there was a shuttle bus from the Airport to the motel and from the motel to the Greenbelt Station Metro. None of these statements were true, After calling several times to the Motel 6 desk we finally found out the clerk wasn't even from the area and had no idea if there was a shuttle of any kind. After an hour and a half of nothing happening it cost us $53 to hire a cab. The room was paid ahead of time so we were pretty much stuck there. 7 days of bad information, bus lines that are never on time, unsecure laundry rooms, pediatric sized toilets and we couldn't wait to leave. The only saving grace was room service, everyday she was there with fresh towels and ready to clean. The Motel 6 "Highly recommends" Order Inn for room service, takes an hour to deliver and its all over-cooked and cold, we ordered a Gyro that was overstuffed with lettuce and a Turkey club on white bread. The bread on the club was (no joke) left over French toast.
The Trip to Town: Being a low income section of town the employee's of the CMRT bus line who seem to be able to make their own schedule stopped caring a long time ago unless it had something to do with a new hairdo. Barring a neck injury or whiplash after making a couple of transfers you make it to the Metro where if you are lucky you find the half of the Metro employee's who are helpful. The Metro is this cities saving grace even under construction.
Inner City: Everything in D.C. is over by 7:30 pm so plan ahead (no one told us that) some things close a lot earlier like 3:30 3:45. Before you go there thinking of The Ivory tower like it was some 20 years ago, think instead of deforestation, scorching heat, inconsiderate Segway tour-guides, slowly declining trash retrieval, and thousands of humans who don't care about anything but themselves and you have "The National Mall". If you go ready to dodge Segway's, get sunburn from the lack of trees, get photos when lucky, run most of your day to beat closing times, and buy $3 20oz sodas every ten minutes you'll be ok.
The White House: What can I say but OMG. I now know why I hear so many stories about how often the President is on vacation. I would be embarrassed to live there. I understand large cities have pollution but this is horrible for the home of the our nations leader, the particular head of state is irrelevant, this is a lack of respect by us. I approached The White House after dark to get the photos of the lighting I wanted from the direction of "Freedom Park" where revelers danced to live music and it was nice...cross the street and I stumbled into the Pershing Monument where all of a sudden I feared for my safety.
When it works: When we were able to see a sight or visit a museum that didn't require someone unknown giving garbage facts, it was good. Most of the Smithsonian Institutes buildings you can tour at your own pace and have a decent time. But if you want to visit something like the Holocaust Museum you need to know ahead of time in 100 degree weather that the drink you just bought before you got in line to go inside is now going to waste once you get to the door because you can't bring it inside.
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