It is about time to write my travel to US. Yes, it had been a long journey to travel from Myanmar to US. According to my flight ticket it show RGN (Yangon-capital of Myanmar and city where I live) to BKK(Bangkok) 371 miles.RGN to BKK is not long trip it was about 45mins flight but there was no night flight to my destination. So same as my old trip ( travel to Europe) I was spend my night to Suvarnabh airport.
Traveling alone is not quite easy as you though, especially can’t sleep well as other group/family travelers. I was reminded myself to awake and take care of my little own property(passport, ticket, money)
As money that is more important to me. Being Burmese I don’t have credit card/bank acc not like other travelers. I only bring money and that’s all I have for the whole journey. So I can’t lose them. They are much more important than my sleep.
That’s why I got blood pressure down every my trip.(Phuu but I love travel). The early Moring, I took United Air line from BKK to NRT (Tokyo Narita),it was about 8hour flight and took 2869 miles. Then stay for one half hour and took the last flight to DC. It was about 14hours and 6762miles.
Yes! 14hours in plane was stuck! But I love talking people and I can easily fall asleep everywhere. I was take 3.55pm from Japan local time but I was arrived 3.30pm of Washington DC time. You think I was typing wrong time, No I am not! It is about time zone different.
I was arrived the IAD Washington DC airport at the afternoon! When I was at Immigration and Custom feely a little nervous cause of some rumor about difficulties to get enter US. But I was prepared everything ready and I had strongly believed I can do it. Yes! It was about a few second take these process and the immigration .No Photos at airport because there has restricted to take photo at airport.
officer just ask me one question “Chit! What is your purpose to come US”. You all know my answer will be “Attend AdaCamp as selected applicant and visit Mozilla office”. Then he stamped on my passport. Now it about time to go Hotel. You all know I’m not come from famous, rich family and I’m eco traveler. So I take simple Bus,metro all the way of my travel.
Before I’m talking about the way to DC,I want to tell you every Airport (expect RGN airport) have wifi(with super fast connection).That’s help and most common things for all visitor. As you know, we all are travel and we need internet for checking our flight schedule, email and searching info before we landed up.
And also they have place for charger ( you also need charging same as wifi if you are using wifi).Most impression about at US airport (I was mention at IDA airport) they have information counter. Yes, at our airport (YGN) also have information counter. But not the same is at IAD all staff at information counter are old men.
I don’t have time to ask them not too much but I think they all are retired. Being staff like retied at information counter is very useful. As you know, they all are much more patient than younger staff. And they have much more experiences of knowledge. And also they don’t feel useless after retired from their professional job.
In future, if I have authorized J ,I will suggest to put Retired to work that places.As far as I mention, I’m eco traveler then I was directly go to information center and ask them how I go my hotel. They gave me three options.
1.Take taxi (it is about $60 from IAD to downtown DC)
2.Take super shuffle (it is sharing big taxi and cost will about $30)
3.Take shuffle. It’s bus from Airport to the Metro station. Most important thing if you will take shuffle>> It’s come on time and take $6 exactly. If you will give them $10 or something like that they don’t have change. So please take exact $6.
So I take option 3 and wait shuffle. Yes it is on time. I took 5A from IAD to Rosslyn metro station. Then took metro from Rosslyn to Farragut North, it is about $3.10 for metro ticket. Here is also one interesting thing at metro station.
You can buy ticket easily at ticket machine by choosing your destinations at machine and plus $1 every selection. Normally it is easy step to buy ticket but if you need help don’t worry every station have information counter and people are welcome to help.
This is most impression part I want to talk you .People at everywhere at US is so so Friendly. Everyone is happy to help you if you ask them help. And also there is not only American English language used at US but also Spain is second language they used.I was recently finished my first year French class and some of my English words are lost before that trip :)So some of words written in Spain look like I know but I don’t know. That’s fun part in my trip.
I been busy at Adacamp and you can see my blog post of Adacamp. After Adacamp me and lukas walked around White house!
After adacamp I was moved another hotel cause my mentor (lukas) was fly back to San Francisco and I moved to another hotel ,share with Sara from wikimedia at Hotel Dupont (Thank Sara for sharing room).
This the day I start my journey as like tourist.
Good Morning Washington DC, Now I will continue my journey at DC. When I was DC at July 13 it was super hot,I was suck to take measure the temperature and I don’t have iphone so I don’t know how much temperature in there. But it was hot like our Asia Summer.
So you can imagine how American feels it was(super) hot to them, for me I used to live in hot season so I don’t mine 🙂 But my skin mind 😦 After taking tour under the sun the whole day my skin run out and face chain red. But I never care of my skin and I was though I have good skin. But I am wrong, you will see how I suffer skin problem under my blog post.
Ok! Let’s start the day to the “Lincoln Memory”. Why I go first there? No need to answer if you will arrive DC, fist place to visit is “Lincoln Memory”. I don’t know which Number of Bus I take to there, cause I was lost before I took bus.
The staff from Hotel resection show me the map and point to the right way but I was lost in the DC street structure. Mostly when I travel I never lost, even I don’t have internet, google map, iphone.I never lost.But I lost in US several times. Anyway getting lost is finding yourself again (saying)
At DC they give the street name with Number and alphabetic. Give one example is 17 street have A-Z sub street (not sure A-to Z but saw mostly until M,N).So every street have A-B-C…. sub street …Phwee….
Ok! let think I arrived “Lincoln Memory” which take my breath. Under the “Lincoln Memory” building there has “Lincoln Memory” museum. Show his famous Quote, speech, photos and gift shop.
Then I went to the nearest information center and took map. The Map show the nearest interesting place (Museum, library, food counter, restaurant, metro-bus station, information counter) for tourist.
Then I start walked “Independence Ave”. After “Lincoln Memory”, I saw “Korean War Memory” .The other side of “Korean War Memory” is”Vietnam Veterans Memorial”. There has one quote I express is “Freedom is not free”. And then moved to next step.
“National WWII Memorial” and then “Washington Monument”. Unfortunately I didn’t get chance to enter the “Washington Monument” being repair cause of Earthquake.
Then I walked way to “Smithsonian Museum collection” but I was arrived “US Holocaust Memorial Museum”! All my friends said to me that museum should not fist place to visit during vacation. But I did it and make my tear out!(Be continue)