This morning we had a bit of a sleep in as we were catching the coach to the national mall at 9:15. Had breakfast at the shitty Tesoro restaurant next door. They had tater tots though so I smashed them. Then we caught the coach in to the national mall (the place where everything is in DC).
Aimee woke up at 6am to buy tickets for us to the Holocaust memorial though as the lines get massive and they only sell a limited amount of tix and same day tix go on sale at 6am. We got them and as today was a free day, we decided to hit up the holocaust museum. We were there pretty early so we couldn’t get into the main exhibit yet so we checked out a special exhibit called “some were neighbours: collaboration and complicity in the holocaust.” This exhibition was just amazing. It was absolutely heartbreaking learning about the way that some of the Germans that turned on their Jew neighbours and friends when the holocaust started. Hearing stories from survivors of the holocaust was difficult. I am glad I did this but it definitely got me down. Then we did the children’s exhibit which followed the story of a little boy and how he survived the holocaust. You get to walk through what his house looked like before the war and then into his house once he was displaced and then into his home in the concentration camp. It was absolutely horrible. Definitely a great exhibit but yet again it was very eye opening.
Then it was time for the main exhibition. In this you get an ID card of a real person that experienced the holocaust. You read one page per floor of the museum and then at the end you find out if they survived or not. It is four floors that tells the story of the holocaust and has lots of stories, testimonials, photos and artefacts. It had a room that was full of the shoes that the Jews were forced to remove before they entered the gas chambers. It was extremely emotionally draining. We walked through one of the train carriages that so many of them go packed into to be transported to their deaths. It was one of the best museums I have ever been into. It made me hurt inside for these people and the atrocities that they endured. I had heard lots of it before but to be confronted with it in such a way was emotional. The guy I got on my ID card was named Dawid Szpiro. He ended up getting tortured to death after he saved his mum and brother. Pretty sad. I really thought he was gonna survive, he seemed like a very resourceful guy, but got caught in the end. 😦
After that experience we rolled over to Union Square station which is a massive train station that has lots of shops and restaurants in it. We ate Shake Shack for the first time. It was pretty good. Delicious shake and fresh burger, I liked it. Then we walked to the Capitol building which is where the senate and the House of Representatives is located. It is akin to Australias Parliament House. We did a tour of the Capitol building which was really good. They showed us all of the statues they have in there and the giant paintings and just got to look through the building. It was a really good experience. We were pretty wrecked after what was essentially two museums. We ubered it home for a bit of a rest. We had planned to get a bit of rest and some dinner. Well we didn’t end up getting any dinner and we were heading to a bar called Shenanigans for happy hour.
Now, this part is important. It was $10 for unlimited drinks from 9-11. This is where it gets messy. I was on Vodka and orange juice, aimee was drinking Vodka and lemonade. Of course as we only had 2 hours, we wanted to get our monies Worth, which we did after the first drink lol many drinks and dancing later and aimee started vomiting on the dance floor. An angel called Veronica helped me and aimee get down the stairs and then out the front of the club where a few other from our group were. Aimee vommed outside the club in the gutter while I was laying on the sidewalk. Veronica somehow got us into the uber which was about a 10 minute drive, about 5 minutes in the uber had to pull over as Aimee chundered all over herself and the uber…and didn’t stop vomiting. She opened the door and stuck her head out and vommed out there. Then we got going again, I felt bad so I tipped the uber driver heaps of money to get her car cleaned. She was nice though and understanding somehow. We got lucky on that one! Anyway we got back to the hotel and Veronica got us to our room and put us to bed. Aimee was out like a light but in my drunken sensibility I decided it was a good idea to stay up to sober up and drink a shitton of water so that I didn’t have a hangover in the morning. People from our group were chilling in the hallway so I went out there and hung out with them for ages and Tom and I were going to o get some food as we hadn’t eaten and had drank way too much. Susan rocked up like the angel she is with a massive bag of maccas that uber eats delivered to her. Fuck yeah! We went back to Darcy and Helen’s room and talked shit while we smashed a shit ton of maccas. So good. After this I went to bed confident that I would not be hungover in the morning….this was 3:30am. I was up at 4 with my head in the toilet bowl yakking up every little bit of maccas plus everything else I had inside me. It was one of them ones where you go to bed and like 10 mins later you need to vomit again. It kept happening, it was horrible and I regretted every drop of alcohol. Though it isn’t contiki if you don’t spend at least one night hugging the bowl!
DC is an absolutely amazing city. It is stunning, emotional and educational during the day and it absolutely kicked out fuckin ass at night. Top quality day in DC. And we still had another day here!