So today marked the last stop of the tour. We were all telling each other how much we would miss one another, and the trip wasn’t even over yet!
We arrived in Washington DC, and left our bits and bobs at the hostel before getting changed for dinner. I went down to the lobby to take cash out of the ATM but it wouldn’t work. I realised I had no money left on my Caxton card, so I logged onto my bank to move my last bit of spending money over, which I was trying to do week by week so I wouldn’t run out. Something on screen looked odd- my main account was missing from my online bank account. I tried to call my bank in a panic, but it wasn’t working, so I had to call home and wake my mum up to ring the bank for me.
At this point everyone was congregating in the lobby ready to head out for dinner, so we headed off to walk to the restaurant whilst I was on the phone. Turned out someone had been trying to use my account fraudulently, so whilst they could refund me the money they would have to dance my card. Crap. I needed that card to top up my Caxton card! Luckily my mum was able to email me the details of one of her debit cards, so I could transfer my money over to her account and top up that way. Crisis averted!
We ended up eating in this little German restaurant, which had this lady playing the accordion and singing VERY loudly. We all felt a bit rude giggling but it was pretty funny when she began to yodel at us!
After dinner our tour guide took us on a walking tour of Washington, which was great. There are plenty of monuments and buildings to see. We were all surprised at how small the white house was:
And we were all in awe of the war memorials:
Other highlights included the Lincoln memorial:
And the Martin Luther king memorial:
Along with some great views:
We all voted for an early night as the walking tour really took it out of us! It’s longer than you might think but totally worth it, especially seeing everything all lit up at night.
The next day Katie and I went in search of a specific tattoo parlour she had found out about, for her to get a very permanent souvenir! It came out really well, she was really nervous but they did such a good job at talking to her to distract her. It was done very quickly and she was a very happy girly.
My treat was a massage. After the money stress of the day before and all that sleeping in the van I’d decided that my back and I deserved it! I found this great spa, and the lady there did an amazing job. I have to admit that I nearly fell asleep, it was so relaxing.
The whole group met up in the evening to go for our final meal together (sob!) our tour leader took us to fuddruckers, and the food there was amazing. Nobody was brave enough to try the elk burgers though! Our tour leader presented us each with a shot glass necklace with our awards written on them. I won most easy going!
After our meal we all went for one final drink in a posh bar. We were all a bit tipsy and sentimental, so went to bed ready for the sad goodbye the next day :(