The day after that, we went out on the town (specifically the Chinatown area) and essentially just meandered aimlessly. There's a lot to cover here, so I'll try to be brief so as to not make this post too lengthy. There are a few things from the trip that I'd like to talk about in more detail and in my regular writing style, but I will save those things for later posts.
As most would do, we started the day off by riding the metro into town.
D.C. has a beautiful metro system.
After getting off the metro in Chinatown, we went to Urban Outfitters and shopped for a bit, and then proceeded to meander around aimlessly until something struck our fancy.
We eventually came across an interesting looking Cuban restaurant, and decided to eat lunch there.
Cuba Libre, Washington D.C.
The first and most important thing that I got here was their house mojito. It was fantastic. Cuba Libre uses fresh guarapa to sweeten their mojitos, meaning that they press the juice from raw sugarcane in-house every day. They also use real hierba buena, which is the traditional herb used in mojitos. It's a lot like mint, but is apparently not mint.
Dillon's food (poached Ahi tuna) was a work of art.
I had the sea bass.
Abby had octopus with a delicious (from what I'm told) truffle sauce.
Best meal that I've had in a long time.
And for dessert: Cuban espresso.
We were all intensely satisfied by our meal, and couldn't stop raving about how good it was, even two days after the fact. What started out as a weird, "let's just hop in here and see what's up" moment ended up being one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. I'm really glad that their sign just so happened to draw my interest.
After lunch, we walked around for a bit longer and looked at some buildings before ending up at the National Building Museum.
I don't know what this building was, but it was gorgeous.
Building with an interesting gazebo thing on the top.
National Building Museum exterior.
We were absolutely astonished by the interior of this building.
The stairs in the museum were really old and worn down. Materials Science at work, ladies and gentlemen.
I think that to keep this post manageable, I am going to split it into two parts. There is more on the way, but this is as good a part as any to leave off, I think. Stay tuned for part 2!