I posted two on-the-run posts about DC while we were travelling, marvelling at the delicious and plentiful vegan options. I stand by that assertion - it seems like every restaurant we passed had easily veganisable options. And let's just remember back to the vegan pizza I got from z.Pizza, a non-vegan chain, and the vegan white velvet cupcake from a non-vegan cupcakery.
We stayed outside of DC, in another AirBnB place in Alexandria. It was a little out of the way, a 20 minute train ride to the end of the line followed by a 20 minute bus ride into the deep heart of American Suburbia. On our first evening, we got frighteningly lost after we got off the bus - it felt a little like the twilight zone, because we turned down roads that deposited us right back where we started. And in the suburbs, no one is around to ask for directions, especially not after 8pm. 45 minutes later we found our way, and the next day we made sure to bring a map.
It wasn't too bad, but just meant that we spent our days out and cooked dinner at the house and went to bed early. And our host was just the loveliest person you could ask for.
The leaves were changing when we were there, which was also lovely.
On our first full day in DC, we got off the train in the heart of Alexandria and went to Whole Foods, stocking up on bread, vegan hot dogs, vegan mac&cheese, and pasta. These sustained us in the evenings. We had morning tea one morning via an excellent Latina grocery store near the Huntington train station - these pineapple turnovers were fully vegan, and sweet and excellent, to boot.
Grocery stores and restaurants aside, we spent some time looking at monuments and memorials.
But mainly, it was raining, so we spent a whole lot of time in museums. Not once did we pretend to be Ben Stiller and Amy Adams.
The Smithsonians are all free, and not in that "By donation but we'll guilt you if you don't give us half your life savings" way that some museums are free (dirty look directed at the Natural History Museum in NYC).
In the American history museum we went to the exhibit on contraceptives, and I laughed out loud and pointed at this badge...
Which prompted a young (11years old?) girl nearby to look closely and then declare, "That's disgusting, mom." I felt judged.
We looked at rocket ships.
And intricately beaded artwork.
In between the rain, we also saw the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and, similarly, Occupy DC.
And China Town.
And the reflection pool, under construction so I couldn't pretend to be Jenny Gump and run across it.
And the White House. We weren't invited in, which is just rude.
All up - DC is a great place to get your fix of learnings for freeee, surrounded by easy to find vegan food.