Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July 13, 2010: Washington - The NIH, A River Cruise

We are now subway experts, having taken it twice in one day. First we headed out to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. We walked around the campus (big), found a farmer's market (bought some tasty vegetables and peaches), and then Mark went off to his meeting while I amused myself at the library (the friendly librarian gave me a catalogue from an exhibition of medical illustration). Then we rode back home.

Later in the evening we took the subway to Foggy Bottom, walked over to Georgetown, and took a river cruise to see some of the monuments and enjoy a cooling breeze (Washington has been unrelentingly humid). As the cruise wrapped up the rain (which had been threatening all day) finally came crashing down. We tried to make a run for it, but gave up and popped into an ice cream shop along the way (which I had been eyeing the first time we passed it). Decadent chocolate and ginger ice cream - delicious. Finally headed home when the rain slowed down and the lightning was no longer nearby.

Photos: the Kennedy Center, monuments, under a bridge, the building where Mark will be doing his research

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