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Spring Break April 13, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Hostfamily, USA.

It has been a long time since I’ve written on this blog. I just didn’t feel like it and there weren’t any news to post.

This week was spring break, so I was off school. Most of the break I just went to bed late and woke up in the afternoon. But this Tuesday I went to Washington DC with my family. We left thursday afternoon, probably around 5 pm, and headed for the first hotel, which was in Pennsylvania. The drive from here to Washington is about 6 hours, so we booked this hotel, so we could swim there because they had an indoor pool. On the way there our car broke down at a rest stop! Apparently the part that makes the electricity to charge the Karen freezingbattery had a bad connection, and the battery was going flat. We charged the battery from the other car (we had two cars, one for Russ, Karen, Grandma, Whitney and me, and one for Shane, Marci and the twins), and we were on the edge of going home. We were actually on the highway heading home, when we tried stopping it, and see if it could start again, and it would! So we went back to the highway and headed down to the hotel, which was about 2 hours away from us. It was also 2 hours away from DC, so we would try and get the car fixed the next day. We arrived at the hotel at around 11:30 pm, so we didn’t get to go swimming that day as planned. Also I had to sleep on the floor, since they could only get a room with two double beds, and no extra bed. It was not very fun to sleep on the floor since I was lying near the outer wall, and it was really cold. Also Russ was snoring like crazy so I only got like 2 hours of sleep that night. I even recorded him snoring.Breakfast at Denny\'s

The next morning we went down to the pool to get a morning swim before we went on the road again. The pool was warm and it was really fun to swim again. After swimming we went and had breakfast at Denny’s which serves real american breakfast. Good breakfast too. Then we went driving. We hit DC at about 1:30 that afternoon. The traffic is really bad in Washington and there is absolutely no parking, plus when we arrived they apparently had some Cherry Blossom festival going on, so we didn’t get to see that much. Although we took a tour of the Arlington cemetary, which is the National cemetary for military veterans. It is very big, and

Small part of Arlington Cemetary

has graves from all the way back to the civil war. It took us a couple of hours to go through that, and everyone was kinda tired. It got a lot worse though, because we were trying to find parking around some of the memorials. The roads in DC are also really bad too. If you take a wrong turn, or get into the wrong lane, you have to drive for miles before you can turn around and get on right track. It is terrible! I really wanted to see the Lincoln Memorial, so it ended with them dropping me off to see it. Shane and Marci managed to park somewhere nearby because they had a handicap sticker on their car, because thLincoln Memorialat car was actually Russ’s mothers car. Well I got to see the memorial, but I was in such a hurry that I kinda didn’t get to enjoy it really. It was a shame actually. We headed back for the hotel so we could have time to go swimming there too. At least I had my own bed at that hotel.

The next day we got up, and Whitney and Ashley went more swimming. I didn’t want to go though, I was tired and didn’t feel like going swimming that early in the morning. We went back to Washington again to see some more memorials. First we went to the Iwo Jima memorial, which is the one where all the soldiers are holding up the american flag. Christ it was big! We could sit in one of the hands. It Iwo Jima Memorialwas of course a pain too to get there, and we too several wrong turns to get there. We could see it all the time though, we just didn’t know how to get there. After that we decided to park the car some remote location which was intended for festival parking. We could then catch a free shuttle which would bring us into the memorial areas. We saw the Jefferson Memorial which was huge, but not as pretty as the Lincoln memorial. We then walked around the lake, the memorial was located by and found some benches to sit down at since Grandma was tired. After a little while I decided to go see the White House, which was about 1.5 km away. Since Whitney and Shane had goneFamily on some paddleboats, and Marci, Ashley and Russ decided to go back for the cars, and Grandma was too tired to walk all that way, it was only me and Aimee who went to go there. We cut across a lot of great lawns, and we reached the Washington Memorial, which was directly between where we were sitting and the White House. We finally reached the House and we took some pictures of it. The original plan was for us to get picked up near the White House, but since Russ was tired, and they weren’t back yet Whit Housefrom getting the cars, we were told to walk all the way back. So lets just say I got my daily exercise that day. It was getting late too, and we had to drive all the way home that night, so we headed out of the city at about 6 o’clock. We found some buffet restaurant to eat at, so we headed home late than we expected. At around 1 o’clock in the morning Russ kept falling asleep at the wheel, so we stopped at a truck stop so he could sleep. Unfortunately I had to get out to get something to drink, and when I got back, Russ had put his seat down, so I couldn’t sit there, and I wouldn’t wake him up, so I just stayed in the building of that rest stop. I drank some coffee from Starbucks, and spent a couple of dollars on some prize games, until I could see that Russ had scooted his seat up. Apparently he couldn’t really sleep, so we onl stayed at the truck stop for 1 and a half hour. We arrived home at around 4 o’clock in the morning.

You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them. 



1. Faster Bente - April 14, 2008

Hello Anders
Nice to read about all the exciting places you are seeing. Farmor called me very happy – “Anders called me and we had a long talk. He says to say hello”. You really made her happy with that call. You are at great kid to do such things.
Take care.
Love faster Bente

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